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UID and GID: The Basics of Linux User Admin

Sep 15, 2007, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Whether your Linux box has hundreds of users or just one account for you and one for your dog it is important to understand how Linux user accounts work. There are GUI tools for this within GNOME and KDE but here we lift the lid on the bonnet to show what really makes a user exist, and what these commands are doing to your filesystem.

"Being a multi-user system, Linux can allow many people to use the one computer. Each of these people is known as a 'user' of the system. In fact, there may be many other users in Linux who are not even people--these might be programs running, like a Web server, that execute as a special user with limited access to the system..."

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