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Re: UPG and the default umask

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 08:31:36PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
> Do we have any actual users of this space?  I didn't see anything in
> Policy.  Is there a central database listing the assignments?  If
> so, where may it be found?


> The main justification I would have for this change is that keeping
> the old 16-bit-constrained assignments fragments the 32-bit range
> space unnecessarily.  For checks such as being discussed, having a
> contiguous user range makes things much simpler for both us and
> admins.  I accept that we can't change things for existing systems
> where these are already being used, but it sucks to be stuck with a
> 16-bit legacy for evermore even for new installs.

I don't think it's practical to ever get rid of the legacy UID range
fragmentation in the 16-bit space.  Better would be to plan a transition to
where we start numbering new user accounts from 65536 by default, instead of
from 1000.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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