[1.7] mkpasswd and mkgroup ignore user and group names with national characters

Alexey Borzenkov snaury@gmail.com
Fri May 15 07:43:00 GMT 2009

I'm in a domain at work and previously used mkpasswd -d and mkgroup -d
to populate /etc/passwd and /etc/group files. Unfortunately, we mostly
use Russian versions of Windows (especially on servers) here and most
built-in user and group names (like Administrator, Domain Users, etc.)
are localized. With cygwin 1.5 these names were successfully exported
by mkpasswd/mkgroup, however with cygwin 1.7 all such usernames are
silently ignored and don't appear in the output.

Since my primary group is "Domain Users" every time I execute
cygwin.bat I see this:

    Your group is currently "mkgroup".  This indicates that neither
    your gid nor your pgsid (primary group associated with your SID)
    is in /etc/group.

    The /etc/group (and possibly /etc/passwd) files should be rebuilt.
    See the man pages for mkpasswd and mkgroup then, for example, run

    mkpasswd -l [-d] > /etc/passwd
    mkgroup  -l [-d] > /etc/group

    Note that the -d switch is necessary for domain users.

Is it some bug or was it a design decision?

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