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From: "Robin H. Johnson" <robbat2@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] [PATCH 0/2] allow acct-user home directories in /home
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:24:24
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] [PATCH 0/2] allow acct-user home directories in /home by Michael Orlitzky
1 On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 06:07:06PM -0500, Michael Orlitzky wrote:
2 > As I've said, a human uses the "amavis" account.
3 I think this statement here needs a bit of expansion, and thus it more
4 clarity happens.
6 Your aforementioned human generally doesn't use the 'amavis' account in
7 the same way that they might use a normal account. They don't expect to
8 login to it with GNOME/SSH and run typical user applications
9 (Libreoffice, Nethack etc.).
11 It's a system account that CAN get configured by a human manually
12 becoming that user. Either by login or means of changing effective UID
13 (su, sudo, doas, ksu, pmrun, runas, ...).
15 For a more secure environment, I would expect amavis to never have a
16 password and thus not be subject to normal login flows.
18 Gentoo Infra manages amavis & spamd without logging in as a human:
19 configuration management is used to change settings & files.
21 From this, I posit that something OUTSIDE of /home is the most-correct
22 location. /srv or /var.
24 Upstream uses /var/amavis
25 Debian uses /var/lib/amavis
27 I'm sympathetic to past users who have /home/amavisd and need to
28 migrate it, but such is the nature of sysadmin life.
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31 Robin Hugh Johnson
32 Gentoo Linux: Dev, Infra Lead, Foundation Treasurer
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