base-passwd - Debian base system master password and group files

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Main amd64
Package filename base-passwd_3.5.39_amd64.deb
Package name base-passwd
Package version 3.5.39
Package release -
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category admin
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Colin Watson <>
Download size 50.67 KB
Installed size 219.00 KB
These are the canonical master copies of the user database files
(/etc/passwd and /etc/group), containing the Debian-allocated user and
group IDs. The update-passwd tool is provided to keep the system databases
synchronized with these master files.


Package Version Architecture Repository
base-passwd_3.5.39_i386.deb 3.5.39 i386 Ubuntu Main
base-passwd - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.8
libdebconfclient0 >= 0.145


Name Value
base -


Type URL
Binary Package base-passwd_3.5.39_amd64.deb
Source Package base-passwd

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install base-passwd deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install base-passwd




2016-01-02 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.39) unstable; urgency=medium
* Policy version 3.9.6: no changes required.
* Build with large file support.
2015-07-16 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.38) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Colin Watson ]
* Simplify dpkg (>= 1.16.4) | sgml-base (<< 1.26+nmu2) build-dependency
(see changelog for 3.5.26) to just dpkg (>= 1.16.4), since that was some
time ago and wheezy has a sufficient version now, and the more elaborate
form causes a complaint from debcheck.
* Allocate uid/gid 64045 for ceph object storage, by request of Gaudenz
* Allocate uid/gid 64050 for the Evergreen ILS, by request of Robin H.
[ Juan Picca ]
* Make documentation build reproducible (closes: #792520).
2014-11-07 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.37) unstable; urgency=medium
* Debconf translations:
- Dutch (thanks, Frans Spiesschaert; closes: #765361).
- Danish (thanks, Joe Hansen; closes: #765853).
* Copy /etc/passwd and /etc/group from the master files in the preinst on
initial install, to be more tolerant of bootstrapping tools that
configure the Essential set in slightly different orders (based on a
patch from Michael Tautschnig; see #766459 and #767999).
2014-09-04 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.36) unstable; urgency=medium
* Update Vcs-Browser URL yet again.
2014-08-31 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.35) unstable; urgency=medium
* Build with all hardening options (thanks, Markus).
2014-08-30 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.34) unstable; urgency=medium
* Debconf translations:
- Italian (thanks, Beatrice Torracca; closes: #744344).
* Update Vcs-Browser URL for alioth cgit.
2014-04-09 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.33) unstable; urgency=medium
* Debconf translations:
- French (thanks, Steve Petruzzello; closes: #736506).
- German (thanks, Chris Leick; closes: #738363).
- Japanese (thanks, victory; closes: #740040).
2014-01-17 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.32) unstable; urgency=medium
* Debconf translations:
- Portuguese (thanks, Américo Monteiro; closes: #735036).
- Russian (thanks, Yuri Kozlov; closes: #735480).
* update-passwd(8) translations:
- German (thanks, Helge Kreutzmann; closes: #735149).
- Portuguese (thanks, Américo Monteiro; closes: #735247).
2014-01-10 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.31) unstable; urgency=medium
* Pick up version number for "update-passwd --version" from autoconf,
rather than having a separate manually-updated and out-of-date
* Convert hand-crafted Makefiles to Automake.
* users-and-groups: Add a little more commentary on gnats.
2014-01-07 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.30) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Colin Watson ]
* Remove and configure, now autogenerated by dh-autoreconf.
* Change the shell of all global static users other than root (which
retains /bin/sh) and sync (as /bin/sync is rather harmless) to
/usr/sbin/nologin (closes: #274229; LP: #216813, #248844).
* Policy version 3.9.5.
[ Russ Allbery ]
* Add support for debconf prompting to update-passwd (closes: #184979).

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