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Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch

On Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 02:15:41PM +0200, Gabor Gombas wrote:
> If a package's postrm removes the user, and the next package's postinst
> just calls "adduser", then the admin have no control over the reusing.
> If you want to allow automatic user/group removal, then adduser should
> be extended to remember every UID/GID that was ever used by a system
> user, and never reuse them again even if they have since been removed
> from /etc/passwd and/or /etc/group.

i don't think removing and reusing users is a good idea in practice.
what harm would there be in simply leaving the user account on the
system permenantly, with maybe locking the account and setting the
shell to /bin/false?


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