This is the mail archive of the cygwin mailing list for the Cygwin project.

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]
Other format: [Raw text]

SYSTEM account in /etc/passwd

I am running WinXP SP2.

Not being a window type guy I am trying to understand what the "SYSTEM" 
account is.

I see the line in "SYSTEM:*:18:544:544:....." in the /etc/passwd but I am not 
sure what this account is or where it is created from. It is not in
my list of accounts under "computer management / local users and groups".


1) What is the SYSTEM account.

2) Am I suppose to be able to log in to the account SYSTEM?

3) Do I need to be able to log in as SYSTEM?

4) Where does cygwin install get the information to create the /etc/passwd 



Robert P. McGraw, Jr.
Manager, Computer System                 EMAIL:
Purdue University                         ROOM: MATH-807
Department of Mathematics                PHONE: (765) 494-6055
150 N. University Street                   FAX: (419) 821-0540
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2067

Attachment: smime.p7s
Description: S/MIME cryptographic signature

Index Nav: [Date Index] [Subject Index] [Author Index] [Thread Index]
Message Nav: [Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next]