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Re: Bug#274229: System accounts with valid shells

On Thu, Jan 09, 2014 at 08:50:55AM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> For a lightweight, PAM-less uid switcher in Debian's base system, you
> probably want to use start-stop-daemon --chuid.

Unless you might need to run in contexts (e.g. debootstrap, or chroots
of various kinds) where start-stop-daemon is disabled.  This is why I
changed man-db to use a tiny perl wrapper instead.

    perl -e '@pwd = getpwnam("man"); $( = $) = $pwd[3]; $< = $> = $pwd[2];
             exec "/usr/bin/mandb", @ARGV' -- "$@" || true

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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