[arch-general] dbus update - /etc/passwd merge question

Curtis Shimamoto sugar.and.scruffy at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 12:15:25 EST 2012

On 12/06/12 at 04:55pm, mike cloaked wrote:
> Having read the available postings in arch-dev-public as well as those on
> this subject in the arch forums I am somewhat confused as to how to
> complete the merge for /etc/passwd /etc/shadow /etc/group and /etc/gshadow
> for the new entries in the .pacnew files.
> For example in my old /etc/passwd I have the line:
> dbus:x:81:81:System message bus:/:/bin/false
> and in the pacnew file I have:
> dbus:x:81:81:dbus:/:/sbin/nologin
> Should I put the line from the .pacnew file into the old file?
> Also for uidd I have in the original:
> uuidd:x:999:999::/:/sbin/nologin
> but in the pacnew file it is:
> uuidd:x:68:68:uuidd:/:/sbin/nologin
> Should I change the uid in the original file to 68 - and do the same in the
> corresponding entries for shadow, group and gshadow?
> I am an old linux user and usually I can sort things out after an upgrade
> but this time I am really confused.
> Any expert advice very much appreciated - thanks.
> -- 
> mike c

The dbus entries are actually the same except for the description.
Setting a users shell to /sbin/nologin or /bin/false achieves the same

Also, I jsut looked at my passwd file and apparently I had merged my
pacnew files to reflect the changed uid for uuidd.  So mine is 68:68 and
I have no issues.

Curtis Shimamoto
sugar.and.scruffy at gmail.com

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