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Re: remove fedora-usermgmt?



On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 02:58:01PM -0600, Rex Dieter wrote:
> Axel Thimm wrote:
> >On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 02:41:00PM -0600, Rex Dieter wrote:
> 
> >>If an admin misconfigures their site, all bets are off, regardless.
> >
> >But the above forces him to configure the app. 
> 
> configuration is *optional*.
> 
> >BTW I tried to find how
> >fedora-usermgmt is supposed to fallback to simple useradd -r operation
> >and didn't find anything. Are you sure it does that?
> 
> I've only taken the maintainers' (Enrico Scholz) word for it.  I trust 
> he knows what he's talking about.

OK, I installed it on FC6/x86_64. I picked the README that suggests:

> | fedora-useradd 42 -d /home/joe joe
> 
> will create the user 'joe' having '/home/joe' as homedirectory. The
> number '42' specifies an UID which is added to a configured,
> system-wide base. By default, this base is '300' so that 'joe' will
> have the uid 342.

My "joe" landed on uid slot "5214". That would actually break when I
turn on LDAP on this system, as there is a user on this slot.

Furthermore the package describes itself as:

> This package provides wrappers around useradd, userdel, groupadd and
> groupdel to allow predictable but configurable uids/gids.

The fallback, e.g. the default operation, be it either useradd -r or
something I don't understand yet, certainly is not predictable. I
guess that less than 1 permille of Fedora users even know that there
is such a system to configure, and even less do configure it, so we
can really assume that all packages using this method don't really
need predictable uid/gids ...
-- 
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net

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