I want to create system user without password and home directory. I found some similar solution but not properly get my answer. I am using a centos machine.

in ubuntu: adduser mprobe --disabled-password --system --no-create-home --group

its working but in centos it says disable-password not found.

thanks in advance.

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AFAIK adduser isn't a coreutils command, it's just a convenience script, so it may vary drastically from distro to distro. A quick Google search yields, that password could be disabled for an existing user with passwd -d <username>. So my recommendation would be to:

sudo -s # Enter a root shell


adduser mprobe --system --no-create-home --group # Create the user in question
passwd -d mprobe # Delete its password
exit # Drop root privileges

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