[oe] adduser question
pb at reciva.com
Sat Nov 29 19:08:24 CET 2008
On Sat, 2008-11-29 at 18:08 +0100, Koen Kooi wrote:
> adduser --system adds UIDs <100 to /etc/passwd, which 'update-passwd'
> will blow away, since they aren't in /usr/share/base-passwd/passwd.master
> Is this intended behaviour, and if not, how should it get fixed?
Whether or not to use passwd.master and update-passwd is clearly a
distribution choice. Any distro which does want to use a
centrally-administered master password file should, presumably, also
configure adduser with an appropriate system UID range (for example,
100-999). Depending on what implementation of adduser you are using,
this might just be a case of adjusting adduser.conf or it might involve
For distros which don't desire to use passwd.master, the right solution
is simply to refrain from installing or running update-passwd. In this
case it doesn't matter what UID range adduser is set up for.
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