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

Enrico Scholz enrico.scholz at informatik.tu-chemnitz.de
Tue Sep 6 22:13:05 UTC 2005

tcallawa at redhat.com ("Tom 'spot' Callaway") writes:

> Someone recently pointed out to me the existence of useradd -r and
> groupadd -r (they're Red Hat added functionality). When used, these
> commands create the first available UID and GID below UID_MAX and
> GID_MAX, as defined in /etc/login.defs.
> This seems to be doing roughly the same thing as fedora-usermgt.

fedora-usermgt does more. It can assign the same uid/gid for a user in
the entire system. With plain 'useradd -r', users can/will have different
ids on different machines which is very bad with NFS mounts or in chroot

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