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

Property Value
Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package name base-passwd
Package version 3.5.37
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Installed size 185 B
Download size 63.01 KB
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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_3.5.37_i386.deb 3.5.37 i386 Debian Main
base-passwd - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.8
libdebconfclient0 >= 0.145


Name Value
base -


Type URL
Binary Package base-passwd_3.5.37_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




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).
2014-01-01 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.29) unstable; urgency=low
* Use dh-autoreconf.
* Switch to git; adjust Vcs-* fields.
* Only update POT/PO files at clean time if man/Makefile exists.
2013-08-27 - Colin Watson <>
base-passwd (3.5.28) unstable; urgency=low
* Force gzip compression for .deb, to avoid causing problems for
debootstrap on non-Debian-based systems following dpkg 1.17.0.

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