[Fedora-packaging] Users and groups -- the static alternative

Simo Sorce ssorce at redhat.com
Thu Jul 26 08:22:05 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-07-26 at 10:07 +0200, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Le Mar 24 juillet 2007 21:34, Toshio Kuratomi a écrit :
> > 2) Work with another distro to share the range of static uids.
> >
> > What do people think of this?  Will it cause pain for too many sites?
> > Is it an acceptable cost to avoid having to debate dynamic vs static
> > uids for every package review in the future?
> +1 for finding interested contacts in other distros and just submit a
> request to the LSB to have the static range expanded
> You have to realise static UID scarcity is a big reason UIDs vary from
> distro to distro - given UID shortage each distro priorises the
> packages it cares most about and as a result the attribution choices
> vary.
> With a non-scarce range new UIDs and (and later historical UIDs) could
> just nicely converge.

With 4 billion UIDs claiming UIDs are a scarce resource is a bit
excessive. It's just that nobody has the courage to break with the past
and bump up the reserved UID space or even just move to a more creative


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