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Re: pwdb breakage

On Sat, 31 May 1997, Cristian Gafton wrote:

> On Sat, 31 May 1997, Erik Troan wrote:
> > I'd guess shadowing on the fly and staying shadow if /etc/shadow exists
> > are better default behavior then unshadowing on the fly is. How about
> > getting rid of the "shadow" argumnet and making it "noshadow" instead,
> > reversing the default at the same time.
> Then what is the problem of giving the 'shadow' argument by default ?
> This way you have the xepected behavior...

It is my understanding that the 'shadow' argument would say "I want to
keep using and/or migrate towards shadow passwords".  That is great for
people like me... but what about people w/out shadow passwords?  Is it
going to move passwords to /etc/shadow as people change them?

A slightly related question -- is there *anybody* out there that would
*not* use shadow passwords?  Why not just make Red Hat Linux automatically
use shadow passwords (FreeBSD does by default)...   I see no reason to
*not* use shadow passwords...

Kirk Bauer -- Georgia Tech -- kirk@kaybee.org <== Finger for PGP
   http://www.kaybee.org/~kirk/html        ResNet RTA

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