Long machine names...

Jeremy Allison jallison at whistle.com
Thu May 21 19:44:22 GMT 1998

Frode Stenstr?m wrote:
> >But if we require machine accounts to be stored in the
> >same place as UNIX accounts are stored (not I'm not
> >stipulating any particular database here :-) then we
> >*can* be 100% sure of non-duplicate machine uids.
> How so? It is possible (on Solaris anyway) to create multiple entries
> in /etc/passwd with identical uids. 

Well all right, I should have said :

"then we *can* be 100% sure of non-duplicate machine uids,
 barring the UNIX administrator deciding he/she really
 *wants* identical machine uids for some reason :-)".

Remember - this is UNIX. If you want to do it, you
can. Doesn't mean it's a good idea though :-).

There also may be someone for whom having duplicate machine
uids is essential (although I can't think why). If so, let
them make that policy decision in their password file, don't
second guess them by randomly allocating 'usually' unique
machine uids.


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