What is the user "nobody"?

You can see it in Users when you go to System Tray > Manjaro Settings Manager > Languages > All Settings > User Accounts.

It serves some cause, but what ?

Hi @1efaf7d71a8637c6800a,

It’s part of the Syatem Group/users. According to:


The following groups are used for system purposes, an assignment to users is only required for dedicated purposes

And nobody is Unprivileged part of that.

Or something…


Also, according to:


A common use for the “nobody” user is to run tests on newly built software. Many software packages contain such optional tests and it is convenient to have a completely unprivileged user to run them.

Edit #2:

This makes it as clear as mud:

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. As nobody was the star of the day he got his own dedicated id.


Then it is literally nobody’s fault if the tests fail :smile:



:laughing: :grin:



What an educational post.

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Nobody’s perfect… I’m nobody…

And here I was thinking you’re @soundofthunder

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