[Fedora-packaging] packages which add user accounts: is fedora-usermgmt the way?

Tom 'spot' Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Sun Jul 3 14:09:48 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-07-03 at 09:43 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 03, 2005 at 12:08:32PM +0200, Enrico Scholz wrote:
> > > for Fedora Extras packages. We could make it start at 300 to be less
> > > likely to conflict with random "useradd -r" done earlier.
> > Assigning fixed IDs in this range would violate LSB which states
> > 
> > | The system User IDs from 100 to 499 should be reserved for dynamic
> > | allocation by system administrators and post install scripts using
> > | useradd.
> >   [http://www.linuxbase.org/spec//book/LSB-generic/LSB-generic/uidrange.html]
> Well, that leaves us with stuffing Extras system UIDs into 0-99, or
> violating the above-500 space, which is worse. Note that the LSB doesn't say
> "must" -- it says "should", so it's a recommendation, not a requirement.
> Since we've got a need that's not really covered, goint against this
> recommendation is better than having the worse problem of dynamic system IDs
> (a nightmare for upgrades and for enterprise deployment).

I vote we stay below 500. My FC4 box seems to start at 500 for new UIDs.
Starting at 300 seems sensible, to give FC some room. 

Tom "spot" Callaway: Red Hat Senior Sales Engineer || GPG ID: 93054260
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