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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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