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Re: /etc/passwd doesnt contain all users

Quoting Colin Watson (cjwatson@debian.org):
> On Mon, Dec 23, 2002 at 02:08:40PM -0500, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > Though now that I think about it, there is really very little reason
> > to check for the existence of a user at all.  Most packages should be
> > using adduser, which will do the right thing if the user already
> > exists.
> Oh, it will? Excellent. I have a few maintainer scripts to simplify
> then.

And when you do so, please make sure that you don't simply grab
any uid.....

It is a major hustle to resynchronize uids between machines that 
use NIS. It is really fun when you share filesystems and your 
machines think that the files belong to different (system) users.

It is very funny, when this happens to your sendmail for 


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