Re: Another predefined group in /etc/group: ups?
On Fri, 25 Feb 2000, Eric Weigel wrote:
> Is there a technical reason not to use dynamic UID/GID for user ups?
Let's try it last time: there are two reasons, first of them technical.
 Table of static IDs doesn't only provide reserved & omnipresent ID
numbers, but reserved _names_, too.
There's no mechanism for reserving names of dynamically allocated IDs and
the most effective way to implement one is, IMHO, keep existing table
of static IDs.
I don't want to check if the system already has user/group 'ups'. If it
does, how will I know whether it remained there from some other ups
program and I should reclaim it, or it is something I shouldn't touch?
If cdrom, floppy etc all handled their groups this way, it'd be a mess.
 It's not a call for static ID for a program (like qmail), it's for a
piece of hardware, just like cdrom, audio, floppy - they all have got
theirs, don't see why ups can't have one.
If the whole bunch goes dynamic, it won't be such a difference to have one
more to deal with.
ps: Is there a technical reason not to use static UID/GID for user ups?