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Re: automatic password generation

I wrote:
> I want the chrony package to install in a configuration that will "just
> work" on most systems.  To do that I must put a password in that file.  I
> don't want to put in a default password as most users will not change it,
> but I don't want to go to an interactive postinst either.  A solution I
> came up with is to generate and install a unique random password in the
> postinst.

Chris writes:
> Why not just have a password in there that cannot be entered by a user (A
> bit like putting a '*' in the passwd file)?  You may need to alter the
> code, but it should be trivial.

The password is used by scripts in cron.weekly, ip-up.d, and ip-down.d
which use the control program to send commands to the deamon.  If I did as
you suggest these scripts would not work until the admin put in a real
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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