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Re: Still testing needed: New passwd/group AD/SAM integration

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
* cygserver now provides system-wide passwd/group entry caching.

   All processes started *after* cygserver will try to fetch passwd
   and group entries from cygserver.  While this is probably a bit
   slow at the start, the longer cygserver runs, the more information
   is present and later started processes will get the information
   with all due speed.

This sounds awesome.

* Support for Cygwin user names different from the Windows username.

   Therefore I think it would be better to remove this functionality.
   If you really think you have to use a username different from the
   Windows username, you should probably use a tiny /etc/passwd file
   with just this entry.  The new mkpasswd will create a default entry
   for you with just needs minor tweaking.

I haven't contributed much to this testing, but I'm on board with that idea.

* db_separator in /etc/nsswitch.conf

   Is it really such a good idea to have a configurable separator
   char in user and group names?  Is it important that it is
   configurable?  Is '+' a good choice for the default separator?
   Wouldn't the backslash a better and, perhaps, only choice?

I'd vote against '+' and in favor of '\' as long as there is no potential for confusion with Windows Domains and accounts/machine names, i.e. <domain name>\{<user name>,<machine name>}.

It doesn't sound to me like that would be an issue with how you want to use things, but that's my only concern at the moment.

Chris J. Breisch

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