Default entries in passwd file can "safely" go away upon packages removal (Doc ID 1632327.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 11 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

Solaris documentation describes the default entries in /etc/passwd file (ie. Default passwd file). Those are the entries that you should see after a Solaris 11.X installation.

It is possible that removing some Solaris 11.X packages from the system also removes some default user entries from /etc/passwd.

Changes

For example, removing display-manager/gdm, desktop/time-slider and library/python-2/coherence-26 packages will cause

gdm:x:50:50:GDM Reserved UID:/var/lib/gdm:
zfssnap:x:51:12:ZFS Automatic Snapshots Reserved UID:/:/usr/bin/pfsh
upnp:x:52:52:UPnP Server Reserved UID:/var/coherence:/bin/ksh

to be removed from /etc/passwd

Cause

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