Enumerating Unix users and groups from Windows

Corinna Vinschen corinna at vinschen.de
Mon Jul 28 08:37:11 GMT 2008

On Jul 27 17:14, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 12:40:32PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > Ok, I'll put that on my TODO list, but it might take some time.
> > Accessing the user lists is something only very seldom used, when the
> > user generates a new /etc/passwd of /etc/group file, so it's not *that*
> > high on my priority list.
> Ok.
> > What do you have in mind posix-wise?  In terms of accessing symlinks and
> One thing that might be transferred this way is the login
> shell and home directory information.

Indeed.  But the Unix User/Group entries are only used for a useful
ls(1) and stat(1) output.  It won't be possible to use these user
accounts for a login or something.  What I have on my TODO list for a
later release is AD LDAP access per RFC 2307 to get user and group
entries.  This would allow us to get rid of /etc/passwd and /etc/group
entirely in AD environments.

> > file information, I'd rather see something along the lines of the
> > Extended Attributes NFS access I described in my mail from 2008-06-23
> > because that would allow to get the same results on Samba and NFS shares
> > with only one piece of code.
> Yes, maybe that's the better way for file system access.

I'd be willing to help implementing it, but I guess we should discuss
this a bit more first.


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