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

Ralf Corsepius rc040203 at freenet.de
Wed Sep 7 08:37:06 UTC 2005

On Wed, 2005-09-07 at 08:32 +0200, Christian.Iseli at licr.org wrote:

> rc040203 at freenet.de said:
> > The only reason for not wanting to remove accounts on package removal to me
> > is "accounts leaving stray files somewhere".
> > However, rpms should have always have control over all files it owns. 
> Well, there are many cases of packages producing some files while they run, 
That's why I said "should". 

It is possible in many cases (%postun, %ghost or %triggerun scripts),
but won't be possible or useful in all cases. 

E.g. I would not want an mysql update remove my mysql data bases.

> which they will not own.  E.g.,
> root: rpm -qf /var/log/mysqld.log.4
> file /var/log/mysqld.log.4 is not owned by any package
> root: ls -l /var/log/mysqld.log.4
> -rw-r-----  1 mysql mysql 0 Aug  7 03:02 /var/log/mysqld.log.4
> So I think the UID should stay... until the sysadm removes it.
IMO, this is an example where removing files is possible:


rm -f /var/log/mysqld.log*


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