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RE: [update] base-files

On Sun, 10 Aug 2003, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> John,
> On Sun, 10 Aug 2003, John Morrison wrote:
> > At last, a new version of base-files to try :)
> > [snip]
> > I've also added a test for id -ng = "mkpasswd" or = "mkgroup"
> > along with a message.  Hopefully this might cut down on the number
> > of "I have no user" messages :)
> Did you also check for the "mkgroup_l_d" value?  There might be some more,

Nope, it never came up in my testing... what is it and when would I see

> too -- Pierre would probably know right away; if he doesn't chime in, I'll
> take a look at the code.


> > If there's a similar test I can do for UID "out of range" I'd
> > be happy to add that to.
> I doubt you can check the *current* UID for being out of range, as the
> numeric value returned is already truncated.  You could check if

That's a shame, I think that's what generates most help emails to the
list by new folk.

> /etc/passwd contains UID+65536 or UID+131072 (the most common case and the
> next possible one) and issue a warning (with instructions to patch up
> /etc/passwd) in that case...
> FYI, we're working on a set of new tests in cygcheck, and checking
> /etc/passwd and /etc/group planned as one of those tests.  If there's a
> way to check whether the UIDs are 16-bit or 32-bit (other than checking
> 1.3 vs 1.5, which, now that I think of it, might also work), cygcheck
> could then issue a warning if /etc/passwd contains UIDs > 64k.
> One last note: any messages printed from postinstall scripts are not seen
> by the user -- they go directly to setup.log.full.  So, if you want this
> to be seen, we better either move this functionality to cygcheck, or
> duplicate it there.

It's done in /etc/profile so it should be visible.  It's only a slight hit
on startup and folks can always remove/comment it out :)

Thanks for commenting :)


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