I have found this entry in
But there is no
/var/lib/tor folder. This is on a server not a desktop.
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This is a user that is created by installing
For instance, if you look into
postinst script of
tor package, you'll see:
# checking debian-tor account uid=`getent passwd debian-tor | cut -d ":" -f 3` home=`getent passwd debian-tor | cut -d ":" -f 6` # if there is the uid the account is there and we can do # the sanit(ar)y checks otherwise we can safely create it. if [ "$uid" ]; then if [ "$home" = "/var/lib/tor" ]; then : #echo "debian-tor homedir check: ok" else echo "ERROR: debian-tor account has an unexpected home directory!" echo "It should be '/var/lib/tor', but it is '$home'." echo "Removing the debian-tor user might fix this, but the question" echo "remains how you got into this mess to begin with." exit 1 fi else adduser --quiet \ --system \ --disabled-password \ --home /var/lib/tor \ --no-create-home \ --shell /bin/false \ --group \ debian-tor fi for i in lib log; do if ! [ -d "/var/$i/tor" ]; then echo "Something or somebody made /var/$i/tor disappear." echo "Creating one for you again." mkdir "/var/$i/tor" fi done which restorecon >/dev/null 2>&1 && restorecon /var/lib/tor chown debian-tor:debian-tor /var/lib/tor chmod 02700 /var/lib/tor which restorecon >/dev/null 2>&1 && restorecon /var/log/tor chown debian-tor:adm /var/log/tor chmod 02750 /var/log/tor
But this user is not removed when you uninstall
tor. I don't see anything that removes the user in
So it means that you have
tor installed, or installed it previously.
There is no harm in having some extra user in your system, but you can remove it if you like.
You can remove the user by running
sudo deluser debian-tor