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Re: [RFC] Globally creating a user and a group "root"

On Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 10:25:21AM -0000, Morrison, John wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 01:22:50PM -0500, Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
> >> At 05:58 PM 11/11/2003 +0100, you wrote:
> >>> What about generating a root group with mkgroup -l by default?
> >>> 
> >>>  root:S-1-5-32-544:0:
> >>> 
> >>> The question is then, should it *also* generate an administrators
> >>> entry 
> >>> 
> >>>  Administrators:S-1-5-32-544:544:
> >>> 
> >>> or should it generate the "root" entry *instead* of the
> >>> administrators entry?
> >> 
> >> Obviously I am for maintaining compatibility with existing
> >> installations (544 must work), some of which still have Everybody
> >> with gid 0 (using 0 as mapping to S-1-5-32-544 is risky).
> > 
> > I think we should do the affected users a favor and remove the
> > Everyone entry from /etc/passwd and /etc/group when we find one. 
> > This should be done by a script in the base-files or base-passwd
> > package as a regular job. 
> Part of /etc/profile? or put it in /etc/profile.d/?

Eh, no.  I was thinking about a postinstall script, which checks for
Everyone (S-1-0-0) in /etc/passwd and /etc/group and removes these
entries silently.  The same script could add the "root" entry to


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