Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch
* Stephen Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org) [051026 20:46]:
> Additionally, this is *not* a problem with the orphaning of the file,
> it's a problem with the reuse of a previously-used uid. I could see
> adding a system to track previously-used uids and not reusing them. I
> don't believe using passwd for that (and keeping unused accounts in
> passwd/shadow/group/gshadow/etc) is appropriate. It would seem enough
> to me, at least, to keep an ever-increasing counter where the current
> value is the next available uid. This could be reset if it reaches the
> max, or an error presented to the user about it or some such.
Well, I could see us to build such a system. But this system isn't there
- and IMHO the next working way to prevent uids of being reused is to
keep the account in question (perhaps locked etc, as suggested
Anything else is IMHO plainly broken.