Avoiding /etc/passwd and /etc/group scans

Robert Collins rbcollins@cygwin.com
Tue Oct 22 14:36:00 GMT 2002

On Wed, 2002-10-23 at 07:31, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 07:22:30AM +1000, Robert Collins wrote:
> >On Wed, 2002-10-23 at 07:19, Christopher Faylor wrote:
> >> >- Do the modes depend on the value of ntsec when setup is run 
> >> >  (e.g. inheriting from the directory)?  
> >> 
> >> Nope.  setup isn't a cygwin app, so...
> >> cgf
> >
> >And because ntsec wasn't the default we couldn't set reasonable acls...
> Why would that matter?  If setting reasonable acls is going to hurt the
> CYGWIN=nontsec case then that's not good either.

We need /etc/passwd and /etc/group to be filled out to understand what
nt group and user to use. Setup.exe's files by default are executable by

If we can depend on a correct /etc/passwd we should be able to do
something. We will need to have a postinstall script for cygwin1.dll
that sets the permissions on cygwin1.dll, mkpasswd and mkpgroup, and
ensure that that script runs first, but that is all (off the top of my
head - may be wrong :})

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