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Re: Using Cygwin in a Multi-User Environment without Administrative A ccess

On 8/6/07, jason.stott wrote:
> Hello,
> We are hoping to make Cygwin available to standard users of our multi-user
> Citrix server environment.
> One thing that we've noticed is that non-administrative users are prompted
> each time with the following prompt after running bash (even after running
> the commands):
> Your group is currently "mkpasswd".  This indicates that
> the /etc/passwd (and possibly /etc/group) files should be rebuilt.
> See the man pages for mkpasswd and mkgroup then, for example, run
> mkpasswd -l [-d] > /etc/passwd
> mkgroup  -l [-d] > /etc/group
> Note that the -d switch is necessary for domain users.
> We have also noticed that the profile function isn't saving files in the
> C:\cygwin\home\Jason.Stott_adm under a non-privileged user the same way that
> it is for a user with administrative access.
> Is anyone running Cygwin in a multi-user Citrix environment with user only
> privileges successfully and if so are there any clues that you could provide
> for the above issues?
> Thank you in advance.
> Jason Stott

First, dang your legal disclaimer is long.

Second, I haven't used Cygwin in a Citrix environment, but I do have a

Can you prepopulate the /etc/passwd and /etc/group files with all of
the Citrix users account information?

That would keep the users from needing to write to those files and
should also let you set their home directories.


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