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Re: Change to passwd in cygwin-1.7.10-1 breaks ssh-host-config

On Feb  9 01:09, Charles Wilson wrote:
> On 2/8/2012 3:30 PM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >On Feb  8 13:12, Tom Schutter wrote:
> >>It appears that the "-v" option to passwd was changed to "-V" in
> >>cygwin-  This indirectly breaks the ssh-host-config script.
> >>The actual breakage is in the csih script.
> >>[...]
> >>$ grep "passwd -v" /usr/share/csih/
> >>         passwd_has_expiry_flags=$(passwd -v | /usr/bin/awk '/^passwd
> >>/{print ( $3>=
> >>1.5 ) ? "yes" : "no";}')
> >
> >Chuck, can we please remove this test in csih amd release a new version
> >ASAP?  The expiry stuff is from 2003 so we can safely assume its
> >existence.
> Especially as csih-0.9.x requires cygwin-1.7.
> I've uploaded a csih-0.9.5-1 as a 'test' release.  Changes:
> * native/Makefile: Avoid -mno-cygwin and gcc3; use mingw cross compiler.
> * native/winProductName.c (GetOSDisplayString): Support
>   Windows 8 and Windows Server 8. Improve support for various
>   Microsoft OS products.
> * New functions csih_is_windows8(), csih_is_exactly_windows8(),
>   and csih_is_exactly_windows8server().
> * In csih_account_has_necessary_privileges(), no longer attempt to
>   validate membership in Administrators group -- the test doesn't
>   work properly on domains anyway. Just try to set the necessary
>   rights and report error if the operation fails. Reported by
>   Corinna Vinschen.
> * In csih_create_privileged_user(), don't attempt to check whether
>   /usr/bin/passwd has the -e option; all versions of passwd shipped
>   with cygwin-1.7.x support it. Reported by Tom Schutter.
> * Fixed bug related to the various existing csih_is_exactly_*
>   functions.

Cool, thanks.  Additionally I added the -v option back to passwd so
that older csih scripts don't fail either for that reason.  It's
not visible in the usage but passwd diligently prints the version
information.  I've just generated a snapshot which contains this
change.  See the latest snapshot from


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
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