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Re: Deeply unattractive naming convention
- From: Christopher Faylor <cgf-idd at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 18:08:00 -0400
- Subject: Re: Deeply unattractive naming convention
- References: <004101c341ad$576e4d20$c99ac250@leper>
- Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
On Thu, Jul 03, 2003 at 10:52:04PM +0100, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
>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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