[aur-general] UID/GID for packages from community

Loui Chang louipc.ist at gmail.com
Sat May 29 22:01:54 EDT 2010

On Fri 28 May 2010 07:05 +0200, Nico Schottelius wrote:
> Regarding
> http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/DeveloperWiki:UID_/_GID_Database,
> I'm wondering why arch does not stick to a minimal set of users and
> dynamically adds users, if a package needs one?
> The table looks a bit strange to me, as using high numbered ids
> (qmail stuff) will probably break in every larger organisation, where
> you setup uids from ldap to start at 1000 and they normally cover way
> more than just 7k+.
> It also looks like it creates a real mess in the system, if you pre-define
> static mappings before and thus fillup 140 ids.
> So, what's the point of having this static table and not just to generate
> users with the next free id?

I think the idea is to keep system/program IDs within a specific range.

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