New release time?

Pierre A. Humblet
Thu Apr 10 15:28:00 GMT 2003

Corinna Vinschen wrote:

> It matters mostly for the uid/gid problem.  A uid of 65536 is returned
> as uid 0 by getuid().  ls and id will print wrong uids and gids for
> ids >64K.  sshd will refuse logins.  That sort of stuff comes to mind.
> I'm just trying to overcome this sort of problem as soon as possible.

Corinna, isn't it the case that uid >= 64k do NOT work correctly currently
(e.g. when starting bash, /etc/profile  yields "id: cannot find name for user ID
 telnet doesn't work, etc...)

So, assuming people don't use uids >= 64k today,  the mere fact of switching 
to 32 bit uids won't cause any problem.
It's only when people start using uids >= 64k that issues will crop up 
with old applications, but that's not different from today.


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