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    SubjectRe: High UID support for Linux


    On Fri, 27 Nov 1998, Khimenko Victor wrote:

    > 27-Nov-98 15:38 you wrote:
    > > pjb1008@cam.ac.uk (Peter Benie) writes:
    >
    > |>> H. Peter Anvin writes ("Re: High UID support for Linux"):
    > |>> > Followup to: <E0zioU5-0000tA-00@taurus.cus.cam.ac.uk>
    > |>> > By author: pjb1008@cam.ac.uk (Peter Benie)
    > |>> > [snip - hack to get getpwuid(getuid()) to work.
    > |>> >
    > |>> > I don't think this is beneficial. Any uid/gid-aware program is going
    > |>> > to have to deal. There just isn't a way around it. Fortunately not
    > |>> > too many programs really care about uid/gid's.
    > |>>
    > |>> I strongly disagree. _Lots_ of programs care about _your_ home
    > |>> directory so they can look for configuration files and don't use uids
    > |>> for anything else.
    >
    > > They will just use getenv("HOME"). No need for uid.
    >
    > Great but what to do with already written programs ?

    Patch them?


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