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Re: "cannot find username for UID XXX"

On Fri, 8 Aug 2003, Johan Parin wrote:

> Hi all,
> Just installed Cygwin on Win2K. It's working fine except that I don't
> have a username ;( . This has some bad consequences like not being
> able to use ssh. id returns the following:
> uid=479 gid=10513(mkgroup_l_d)
> groups=544(Administrators),545(Users),10513(mkgroup_l_d)
> uid 479 is not in passwd, as can be seen in attachment.
> My username should be erajpaa. I have no idea where Cygwin picks up
> uid 479 from. If I start up cmd.exe, I can see the following USER
> related variables:
> ALLUSERSPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
> USERNAME=erajpaa
> USERPROFILE=C:\Documents and Settings\erajpaa
> These are inherited by the Cygwin shell, which however also creates
> USER=479
> Could I have done something wrong during installation, or can I do
> something to fix this now?
> Should I change the uid for erajpaa in passwd, or can I do something
> to convince Cygwin I'm uid 66015 instead?
> Any help is appreciated.


Your UID is greater than 65536 (which is the limit for 16-bit uids).  You
can do one of two things: (1) edit /etc/passwd and change your UID to
something else (yes, you can do *that*); 479 should do just as well as
anything else, as long as does not belong to any other user in the passwd
file, or (2) upgrade to the *experimental* version 1.5.1 (or is .2 out
already?) that uses 32-bit UIDs.
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