[Fedora-packaging] Possible UsersAndGroupsDraft

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Thu Jun 14 14:20:34 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-06-14 at 10:14 -0400, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-06-14 at 08:44 -0500, Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
> > A possible improvement I could see would be to change the tool to ask
> > pam if the user exists, as opposed to simply looking
> I guess you mean NSS
> > in /etc/passwd, /etc/group, as that would better cover network user
> > conflicts.
> If you don't already do it, you should _really_ do it and quickly.
> Checking /etc/passwd directly today is not acceptable IMO, NSS has been
> introduced exactly to decouple user querying from knowledge of the
> underlying db and mechanisms used.

So... since I know pam but not NSS, is there a way to ask that question
(does a user/group exist) on the commandline with existing NSS tools?


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