Can you please assist why the ID is assigned to a group named everyone?

# id entitlement
uid=315(entitlement) gid=200(everyone) groups=200(everyone)

Below commands do not return anything:

# cat /etc/group | grep everyone
# cat /etc/group | grep 200

No NIS is configured, so ypcat is not available. I tried doing it to another group but this time it is failing.

# usermod -g 201 entitlement
usermod: group '201' does not exist

I am trying to search but can't find any feature of Linux that does this.

Here is the content of my nsswitch.conf

passwd:     files sss

shadow:     files sss

group:      files sss

getent found the everyone group, not sure where I am able to get this from sss. is there a command I can confirm where from sss this group is?

  • 1
    Since GID #200 is successfully mapped to group name everyone without it existing in /etc/group, the system must have some additional group name resolution method configured. What is the output of grep group: /etc/nsswitch.conf?
    – telcoM
    Oct 7, 2021 at 16:46
  • Running strace -f id entitlement may give you a clue as to where it is picking this group up from. A group number of 200 is rather suspicious and suggests it may have something to do with installed software. As usermod -g 200 ... failed, try running it against a different user and see if you can set its gid to 200.
    – Bib
    Oct 7, 2021 at 17:59
  • it's probably the primary group for that user in /etc/passwd (and/or whatever else your nsswitch.conf is configured to use for passwd entries). Check with getent passwd entitlement. The group can be listed with getent group 200. BTW, don't examine /etc/passwd or /etc/group directly, especially if you're going to use other services like NIS. Use getent instead.
    – cas
    Oct 8, 2021 at 3:08
  • I'm sure I read somewhere that a common PAM module read not only /etc/group but some other file too. But I can't find a reference except for the extrausersoption in nsswitch.conf so I could be mistaken Oct 8, 2021 at 12:36
  • telcoM roaima This is the content of my nsswitch.conf passwd: files sss shadow: files sss group: files sss Oct 8, 2021 at 14:24

1 Answer 1


You're using SSS, typically (but not exclusively) used to get organisation-wide information from Active Directory or LDAP.

You will need to talk with your machine's System Administrator to find out more about the everyone group. You may also want to take a look at the file /etc/sssd/sssd.conf to see the configuration for the connection.

You may be able to find out some summary information about the join to the network authentication/authorisation service with realm list.

Finally, to list information about a group or user that is not in /etc/group you can use the getent command:

getent passwd entitlement
getent group everyone

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