Re: /etc/passwd doesnt contain all users
On Sat, Jan 11, 2003 at 07:24:54PM +0100, Michael Neuffer wrote:
> Nope, just imagine the situation where you different pieces of software
> installed on different machines and you
> 1. don't have everything installed on your NIS server
> 2. don't always install/update your machines in the same order
> This will cause a mess where you get mixed up uids.
The first install will create a user, and subsequent installs on other
machines should notice the existing user and use it. Where's the problem?
> > > It is really fun when you share filesystems and your
> > > machines think that the files belong to different (system) users.
> > Yes, that would be a problem. If you share files over NFS then those
> > uids would need to be synchronized. But that would seem to apply to
> > non-system files and not to system files.
> Nope just look at the scenario above. That already is enough
> to cause problems.
> > I would not recommend
> > keeping system files on other hosts. But there are many unique needs
> > and I am sure I do not know your system operation requirements.
> > Unique needs call for unique configurations.
> > > It is very funny, when this happens to your sendmail for
> > > example...
> > Yet another, "Excuse me?" When would any sendmail files ever be
> > shared? That does not fit any workable model in my head. Being local
> > to the machine the local uid will override the NIS uid and everything
> > works fine. Or if adduser detects the NIS uid it won't add a local
> > one and therefore you will get the NIS one.
> Again see above.
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