group file - policies

Doug VanLeuven roamdad at
Mon Sep 13 16:48:56 GMT 1999

This is from the AIX tech lib: wwqa item: RTA000070639
How many groups can a user belong to ?
There is how ever a limitation on the '/etc/group' file such
that each line can not be more than 1024 bytes in length.
This limit can be subverted by simply placing the group on
the following line and continuing the user list.

Alexandre Lecuyer wrote:

> Hello all,
> In order to get the policies to work, the users
> have to be listed in the group file, after the group
> corresponding to their GID. This has been working
> fine for awhile, but now we have groups of 100 ppl
> and more. I had to recompile the ypserv package
> on the linux NIS server to allow longer lines in
> the maps. This is fine for all linux machines
> (samba is running on a RH 6.0), but it breaks
> old SunOS and AIX ypclients.
> Is this still required in the latest CVS or is there
> a way to get samba to get the primary group from passwd ?
> Thanks,
> --
> Alexandre Lecuyer
> CCRI IUT-IUP de Vannes

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