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Re: UPG and the default umask

On Thu, 20 May 2010, Raphael Hertzog wrote:

> > So I agree that the sane thing to do here is, at least, to use the
> > same default range as /etc/adduser.conf (which in turn is the range
> > defined by policy).
> > 
> > I've just modified base-files accordingly to use the UID range 1000-29999.
> I'm not sure this makes lots of sense.
> hertzog@alioth:~$ id -u maximilinux-guest
> 220227
> There are many installations out there with large numbers of users that
> simply can't respect the ranges set by the policy.
> I would simply use a minimum of 500 or 1000 to differentiate system users
> from normal users. adduser is not a required step to create accounts when
> you manage your account database in LDAP/PostgreSQL (or whatever else).

System users can come out of ldap/NIS/etc too, and in such cases they
might not be in the 100-999 range either.

I fear anything which relies on ranges being used in some specific way
in deployed systems is fragile and prone to be wrong at least some of
the time.

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