[Adduser-devel] Bug#640651: please set default FIRST_SYSTEM_UID=1 and FIRST_SYSTEM_GID=1

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Sun Dec 29 20:53:43 UTC 2013

This one time, at band camp, Harald Dunkel said:
> You mean policy is more important than compatibility?  Compatibility
> is a quality criteria. But "policy"?

Yes, sorry.  Adduser is primarily designed to be a helper tool for
maintainers to make sure that user management related to packages are
handled in a policy compliant manner.  Making adduser break policy
violates its only reason for existence.

> > I see your issue, but that would better be solved with a possibility
> > to tell the installer to change these variables.
> Some debconf menu for adduser to be run before the first "dynamic
> UID/GID" package is installed would be fine.  Since all packages
> adding UIDs/GIDs should depend upon adduser this could actually work.

If you have a large, grown environment, why are you still doing things
manually?  Get a gold image, package up a custom d-i that does what you
want, etc.  This stuff isn't that hard, and it's the right way to do it.

Adduser is not going to make this change by default.

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