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RE: ID command returns mkgroup

On 11/12/2009 07:07 PM, Larry Hall wrote:
>On 11/12/2009 06:47 PM, Dave Korn wrote:
>> Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
>>> On 11/12/2009 09:14 AM, Dexter_Michael@emc wrote:
>>>> Should my ID output be the same as when I log into a unix server here,
>>>> or would it be different?  My cygwin is running on a Windows workstation
>>>> so maybe it is grabbing my AD groups as opposed to my NIS groups.
>>> The former.  Cygwin operates on Windows to create a POSIXy environment
>>> on Windows.  It's not a Linux/UNIX VM running on Windows.
>>    ITYM "the latter".  Grabbing the AD groups is exactly what is going on.
>> (I'm inferring that Mike is in a heterogeneous environment with essentially
>> separate user accounts on the Unix and Windows sides, based on YP/NIS and AD
>> respectively.)
>Since we're in violent agreement about what was meant, I don't think it really
>matters however "former" refers to the first of two things mentioned.  The 
>refers to the second. Since Dexter mentioned AD first and NIS second, "The 
>as I used it refers to the AD groups.  "The latter" refers to the NIS 
>groups.  But
>subsequently looking around the web a bit and seeing all the confusion on 
>how these
>terms should be used, it occurs to me that my response doesn't say much if the
>definition of "the former" is not clear.  So I think your response does help 
>in that
>regard, Dave.  Why am I not surprised? :-)

It's not the definition of "former" that's the problem, but failing to
specify the antecedent. If you are answering the question (same as unix,
or different?) the answer is "the latter."  If you are responding to the
statement (AD groups as opposed to NIS groups) the answer is "the former."


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