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

On Apr 10 11:19, Chris J. Breisch wrote:
> 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.
> >
> [snip]
> >   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.

I don't think there could be such a confusion (might depend on my code,
knock on wood), but if so, it would occur with '+' as well.  This
kind of confusion would not depend on the actual separator used.

The only reason I dislike backslash a bit is, that the backslash is
the escape char in the shell, so you would have remember every time
you type in such an account name to escape the account name,
DOMAIN\\username or "DOMAIN\username"


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Maintainer                 cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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