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    minimal set of users?


    I am very new to linux but am familiar enough with unix to at least know my way around from a user perspective (ie man pages, setting up my shell etc). However I need to admin a new linux box (it already has linux installed and ssh setup) and I need to setup DNS, apache, php/perl, mysql, moodle, and sendmail.

    I think I can handle the installs, what I need to know is what is the minimal set of users I should create? The only user on there now is root and I feel like I need to have a "webapps" user or something like that under which all these apps (apache, mysql, etc) will run. Should I have a seperate user for moodle and php as well? Should I have a seperate "web admin" and "web developer" user? The latter for when I need to upload new scripts, html, etc when developing applications.

    Any guidance or pointers to resources would be great! thanks.

    Andrew

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    If you install MySQL, Apache and most server apps using your distributions packages, then dedicated users for those apps are automatically created for you (look in /etc/passwd).

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