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Viktor Pavlenko <> writes:

> I wonder why a user, let's say, HERNAME on Linux belongs to the group
> HERNAME by default. What's the philosophy behind it? What's the
> purpose of existing of such a group if only one user belongs to it?

I think it depends on the distribution you're using.  RH seems to have
modified adduser to act in the way you describe by default.  On RH
(Redhat) you can use the "-n" option to get things back to normal I
think.  I don't why they made this change.  [This is correct for RH6.0
at least, probably for 6.1 too, unless enough people shouted! ;-)]

I am not sure about Debian, as far as I remember at the end of last
year there was a default group for all new users added.

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