Bug#3036: automatic adduser/addgroup in postinst (was Re: fingerd)
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Miquel van Smoorenburg writes ("Re: automatic adduser/addgroup in postinst (was Re: fingerd)"):
> Yeah but Debian 1.1 has 100-108 or so allocated to qmail users. I
> had to move all staff users from the 100-200 range to 2100-2200..
> not a nice job, since the UIDs were also recorded in SQL databases
This is a bug in the base system, I believe. Our uid (and gid)
allocation structure is
0-99 base system maintainer, allocated centrally
100-999 allocated dynamically and locally by adduser (and so may
not be preempted centrally) for system accounts
1000-$ allocated dynamically for ordinary users
65534 `nobody', allocated centrally
If qmail really needs 8 uids then it ought IMO to allocate them
dynamically; anything that needs 8 compiled-in uids is being
gratuitous in its use of an obviously limited resource.
If we really need more centrally allocated uids I would suggest
starting them at 60000 or so - many mixed-vendor sites can't use uids
>32767 anyway because of signed/unsigned bugs in their systems :-).