I have an application that I want to run as a service on system-start, and that application should run as a specific user (the application is Apache Karaf). I have all this setup, but the user I am using for this has a password, so every time the service is started, the password of that user has to be entered.
I currently have a user with the following entries in
# /etc/passwd karaf-test-user:x:1002:1002::/home/karaf-test-user:/usr/sbin/nologin # /etc/shadow karaf-test-user::15659:0:99999:7:::
As far as I can see this user does not have a password set, it cannot log in, but it does have a home-directory (this is required for the application). However, when I type:
I am prompted for the password of that user. How can I prevent this? How can I modify this user to not require a password at this point? I have found this answer, but it seems hacky to me. Is this really the only way? Are there any best practices to respect?
I am running on Ubuntu 12.04.1.