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

Juergen Harms Juergen.Harms at unige.ch
Sun Feb 20 11:01:01 CET 2011

On 02/19/2011 09:28 PM, James Kerr wrote:
> Open a bug at: ...

As the other replies point out, opinions on this issue are quite 
different. Before filing a bug, I suggest to see whether some kind of 
aggreement can be reached.

My opinion:
1. I have lived for several years with having several OS partitions and 
sharing user data between them without any problems, as long as the uids 
and gids are defined correctly.

2. The "advanced" option evidently is a possibility - I consider it 
slightly annoying, a radio-button would make life easier - respecting 
the same sequence of defining users is no problem. In fact, what I 
presently do is, I initially define a dummy user during system install 
with whatever system install creates as ids, and than use MCC to set up 
the real users; but that illustrates the point: the radio-button 
proposal would make this less time consuming.

I do not see a problem for newby users - the radiobutton can be 
defaulted to 500 (or whatever is considered as "normally needed") - a 
newby anyhow normally leaves things at default - and it would be easy to 
add a clarifying comment (of help)

3. From what Michael said, there are only 3 or 4 common alternatives: 
500, 1000, 1001, possibly 501) - easy to accomodate with a radio-button 
(in the label of each button I would say "compatible with OpenSuse...)

4. Filling the textpanel for the advanced defition of uid and gid with 
initial default values is an excellent idea - but these intial default 
values should correspond to the values proposed in correspondance what 
Mageia suggests to create - 500 for present Mageia (and not to 
interesting alternatives) - back to square 1.

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