Steve Greenland wrote: > On 30-Nov-03, 09:23 (CST), Thomas Viehmann <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >>If you absolutely want that, how about having a script on top of add >>user manage the system uids. That could avoid reassigning UIDs as long >>as it can and then ask the user about it (it could even reassign UIDs >>upun reinstallation). > If you're not going to re-use the ids (a good idea), then you might as > well leave a username associated with it, so that the admin identify > *why* it was used. The point I like about removing the UIDs is that I prefer to consider installation as a reversable process and purge the inverse. I'd give in on reusing uids for the sake of security (and keeping a log of who used what), but I'd rather have it outside /etc/passwd. Your argument, on the other hand, would basically justify dropping "purge" altogether (except of course in the case multiple packages containing the same file)... I'm not a strong proponent of this type of argument, but certainly it's out there. Summary: I don't want to hide the information from the admin, but I'd imagine there's a better place for historic uids than the list of present users. Regards T.
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