[Mageia-discuss] Automatic selection of uid and gid at installation

Barry Jackson zen25000 at zen.co.uk
Sun Feb 20 00:43:34 CET 2011

On 19/02/11 20:16, Juergen Harms wrote:
> I realised that Mageia (like Mandriva) creates uids and gids starting at
> 500. Many other distros use 1000 - if you have multiple boot system with
> other linux distros, that means that you need to manually specify user
> ids if you want to access data shared between the system partitions.

So why is that a problem for Mageia?

> How about adding a radio button in the initial User Management Screen
> (the one where you also provide the root login) which allows you to
> define whether you want uids and gids automatically created to start at
> 500 or 1000? That would make life (a little bit) easier for a more and
> more current situation.
> Is there something like an enhancement bug report?

There is already an advanced button to allow you to set whatever UID/GID 
you want during installation.
It is easy to miss the advanced button though - maybe showing the 
advanced options on the page - pre-filled with the defaults - labelled 
as advanced options would be a better compromise.
New users could just leave them alone and advanced users would not 
forget about them.

The same logic should be applied to the boot loader location - it 
defaults to MBR but there is no mention of this unless one backtracks 
from the summary page.

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