[Adduser-devel] Bug#330743: cups-pdf: No longer installable when not using shadow passwords.

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Fri Sep 30 02:51:18 UTC 2005

On Fri, Sep 30, 2005 at 02:35:07PM +1200, James Sleeman wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-09-29 at 19:29 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:

> > that would be one thing; but I don't see any reason why Debian should be
> > expected to support passwd-only systems.

> When I installed this debian system, many years ago it must be said, I
> was given the OPTION of using shadow passwords if I wished to do so, at
> the time (and mostly presently) I wished not to do so, for my own
> reasons.  If Debian still gives that as an OPTION then packages
> shouldn't really expect that OPTION being chosen, unless there is a way
> that packages can specify a dependancy on shadow passwords so that they
> won't even attempt to install without them, then I think that Debian
> packages must not simply break when people do not pick the OPTION in the
> install process.

> Of course, as I say, it's been a long time since I've done a debian
> install, so maybe shadow is no longer optional but a requirement.  In
> that case, fine.

Yes, it's no longer an option.  We should of course still support an upgrade
path for systems whose admins opted not to use shadow passwords, but I think
we should do that by auto-converting to shadow rather than supporting the
limited semantics of shadowless systems.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon at debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/
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