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

Enrico Scholz enrico.scholz at informatik.tu-chemnitz.de
Wed Sep 7 14:21:13 UTC 2005

Christian.Iseli at licr.org writes:

>> | useradd -u $[ $(cat /etc/fedora/usermgmt/baseuid) + 23 ] ... 
> Hmm.  If all you're trying to achieve is to have a default fixed UID, but 
> still allow for some local customization, why not something along the lines of:
> | %{name}_UID=${%{name}_UID:-23}
> | useradd -u $%{name}_UID

Interesting idea. But it suffers from the same complex-scriptlet problem
which was explained later in the cited posting.

It has the additional problem that it is difficultly to handle; you
will have to write wrappers for all rpm aware tools so that the *_UID
environment is set for them (e.g. think on system initialization
which adds 400-500 packages and 20-30 new users in one 'yum install'

It requires high maintenance also because it will miss new accounts

'fedora-usermgmt' has to be configured only once (or keep it as-is, when
the functionality is not needed) and has very simple %scriptlets.


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