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Re: Deeply unattractive naming convention

On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 10:52:04PM +0100, wrote:
>It necessarily involves starting off "unknown". In the course of trying to
>work my way round this I became finally aware of something that's been
>nagging me in the background for ages: specifically (and nastily) that the
>default name for an otherwise unspecified group is "mkpasswd", as in
>~> id
>uid=400(unknown) gid=401(mkpasswd) groups=401(mkpasswd)
>~> ls -al
>drwxr-xr-x    7 unknown  mkpasswd     2048 Jul  3 18:51 ./
>drwxr-xr-x    3 unknown  mkpasswd     2048 Jul  3 18:51 ../
>-r--r--r--    1 unknown  mkpasswd      509 Jul  3 21:00 .bashrc
>drwxr-xr-x    2 unknown  mkpasswd     2048 Jul  3 18:51 bin/
>It seems a strangely arbitrary and inappropriate choice to me. If this is a
>Unix inheritance then I suppose it's best not to fiddle, but is it something
>that could be altered?

If you are asking if we are going to be altering it, the answer is no.

>(Is it, in fact, a minor error?)

It is a hint that you should run mkpasswd to create /etc/passwd.

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