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

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Fri May 15 09:43:00 GMT 2009

On May 15 11:43, Alexey Borzenkov wrote:
> 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?

It's missing setlcoale calls in the first place.  I'm going to fix that.


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