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Re: /var/run/utmp

In article <cistron.19990315200551.O26917@debian.org>,
Joseph Carter  <knghtbrd@debian.org> wrote:
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>On Mon, Mar 15, 1999 at 04:16:17PM -0800, Joel Klecker wrote:
>> >I haven't installed glibc2.1 yet (just came back from CA), but I assume
>> >now glibc implements /var/run/utmp and /var/run/utmpx like Solaris does
>> >for backwards compatibility with libc5?
>> There is another reason for utmpd, and that's to allow programs to 
>> write utmp entries without needing to be suid root.
>> In any event, due to the distressingly large number of programs that 
>> manipulate the utmp and wtmp files directly, I am getting rid of 
>> utmpd in the next release.
>Please don't do that..  utmpd is one of the real advantages of glibc2.1,
>I'd much rather stuff than not use new features which have the end result
>of making the system a little more secure (by not requiring suid in some
>things that previously needed it..)

Well ofcourse this functionality should be provided by init, which is
doing nothing 99.9% of the time anyway. No need for YAD

I'll look into it when I can find some time.

Still, utmp or no utmpd, I still am convinced we do not need the
utmp/utmpx monstrosity

Indifference will certainly be the downfall of mankind, but who cares?

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