Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/etc
To: Luke Mewburn <lukem@NetBSD.org>
From: Jachym Holecek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/07/2005 02:54:06
> On Thu, Apr 07, 2005 at 02:00:13AM +0200, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> | On Thu, 7 Apr 2005, Luke Mewburn wrote:
> | >Peter asked core about this. Core approved it, based on similar
> | >rationale for the decision core made about new "system" users.
> | Thanks for speaking up as core@.
> | Can you please outline what the rationale is, and about what other
> | "system" users it is? Questions I see here are:
> | * should future imports of this kind keep the original ("_", etc.)
> | username, to give up consiscency in NetBSD over keep differences with
> | other systems small?
> Generally, yes, although we'd need to consider any deviations away
> from our new general policy of
> ``namespace protecting per service user (and group) names
> with a leading `_' to prevent nameclashes with user accounts
> on end user systems.''
- Do such clashes occur really often enough to require special policy?
- Is leading underscore in login name guaranteed to not clash with existing
account names on end systems? Perhaps one of the characters discouraged
by passwd.conf(5) would be a better candidate?
- Will this policy extend to system users and groups added via Pkgsrc?
-- Jachym Holecek