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Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] TEST RELEASE: Cygwin 1.7.33-0.1

On Oct 22 14:07, Angelo Graziosi wrote:
> Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> >The major change in this new release is the new method to read account
> >(passwd and group) information from the Windows user databases directly,
> >without the requirement to generate /etc/passwd and /etc/group files to
> >generate Unix-like uid and gid.
> Does it mean that the users with /etc/{passwd,group} files have to rename
> them [*] before its installation TO TEST the new functionality?

By default, Cygwin will use the file content, and fallback to requesting
account info from Windows if an account is missing in pasdswd or group.

As an example, just try `id':

$ id
uid=1049577(corinna) gid=1049701(vinschen) groups=1049701(vinschen),545(Users),14(REMOTE INTERACTIVE LOGON),4(INTERACTIVE),11(Authenticated Users),15(This Organization),4095(CurrentSession),66048(LOCAL),1049713(hirmke),1049089(Domain Users),1049148(Denied RODC Password Replication Group),401408(Medium Mandatory Level)

Remoing the files is one way to test, but it's the more awkward one.
The better way is to create an /etc/nsswitch.conf file with the
following content, and then stop your Cygwin shell and restart it:

$ cat > /etc/nsswitch.conf <<EOF
passwd: db
group: db
$ exit

For the details, see the new documentation, please.

It's really, really worth to read it!

It also explains the above, see


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

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