passwd & group file problems ?

Dave Korn
Fri Jun 10 14:44:00 GMT 2005

----Original Message----
>From: Larry Hall
>Sent: 10 June 2005 14:55

> At 04:56 AM 6/10/2005, you wrote:
>>>>> Did you run "mkpasswd -c -l", like I told you?
>> yep, do you mean -c or -d here ? I've done both, -d is
>> taking forever to resolve, -c does resolve, but I
>> still get the same incorrect logon when i do -c with mkpasswd and
>> mkgroup. 
>> the commands are running, and I see how things should
>> go I think, but i'm still left wondering, how can
>> setup.exe do in 1 minute what mkpasswd -d -l >
>> /etc/passwd is looking to take days or weeks to
>> complete (there seriously are 10's of thousands of
>> users on that emea domain so it would take forever at
>> the speed I was seeing) ?

> If there is more than 1 domain but you only care about one, you can
> specify that domain name with '-d' and speed things up a bit.  But if
> you need all users from all domains, you're stuck with your slow domain.

  Since Roy is installing cygwin to a whole load of machines, and assuming
that they're all in the same domain, it ought to be possible to run
"mkpasswd -d >domain-passwd" and "mkgroup -d >domain-group" just once each,
bundle the two output files up along with the rest of the distribution he's
been installing, then on each new machine, after installing, you'd run a
little script like

mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd
mkgroup -l > /etc/group
cat domain-passwd >> /etc/passwd
cat domain-group >> /etc/group

  That ought to speed up the per-machine install time quite nicely,
shouldn't it?  Or is there some reason it wouldn't work?

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