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Re: [RFC] Globally creating a user and a group "root"

On Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 11:32:06AM -0500, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > [snip]
> > Another question is this:
> >
> > Should we actually depend on creating an NT account called "root"?
> > This might be already in use by a bunch of users and sysadmins just
> > for fun.  Probably we do more often collide with that than we like.
> >
> > What about using a less common name like, say "cygwin_root" or
> > "cygsrv_root" or so.
> >
> > Corinna
> IMO, whoever created the "root" account did it for the same purposes that
> you propose to create it.  In an interactive script, we could ask the user
> if he wants "root" to be used in the normal Unix sense, and if so, set the
> necessary properties (e.g., UID, SID, etc).  If not (or the script is not
> interactive), simply warn and revert to using the less common name.

IMHO the user name should be reliably identical.  Always.  That would
simplify things.

>   One
> problem I foresee is if the user has a "root" account with UID 0, but with
> a wrong SID (e.g., the Administrator one).  If you simply add a
> "cygwin_root" with UID 0, there will be a UID clash.

See the create-root script.  It removes the root entry from /etc/passwd.


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