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Re: /etc/passwd doesnt contain all users

On Tue, Dec 31, 2002 at 09:54:52AM +0100, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 30, 2002 at 11:12:19PM +0100, Michael Neuffer wrote:
> > And when you do so, please make sure that you don't simply grab
> > any uid.....
> i am afraid this is where policy does not agree with you. AFAIK PAckages
> should pick dynamic uids in the system range whenever possible.
> To get a static one you need to get it into 0-99 and base-passwd package and
> cannot do it yourself.

And you'll need a very good reason to expand the list of ids in that
small space: generally speaking, sharing filesystems isn't good enough.
If you're sharing /usr/share or whatever on Debian right now then you'll
be doing some fairly major hacking anyway; ids are the least of your

Also, it should not be difficult to clobber adduser (even just in some
crude way) to help you synchronize ids across machines. Prompting for an
id when asked to create a system user or group would probably be good
enough, since adduser won't create the account if it already exists in

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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