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Bug#329701: Local (non-NIS) users and groups

Package: nis
Version: 3.13-2
Severity: wishlist

(I tried to raise this question for general discussion some time ago
but no one replied.  See
Therefore I now submit a more specific proposal as a wishlist bug in
the hope of some feedback.)

In regards to NIS (and LDAP), there is no standard place for
domain-exported groups which are not user-private groups.  I propose
that the "system" GID space be split in half and all GIDs at 500 and
above be considered domain-exported and those below to be

The only change necessary in the nis package is to *not* change MINGID
in "nis-3.13/ypserv-2.14/scripts/ypMakefile.in".  The original value
is already 500; just leave it.

(I guess this ought to be written into the policy manual at some
point, but you have to start somewhere, and it's easier to change a
package than the Debian Policy.)


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