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Re: [opensuse-factory] register static UID/GID on openSUSE?
  • From: Ludwig Nussel <ludwig.nussel@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:04:57 +0200
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Jan Engelhardt schrieb:
On Wednesday 2015-04-22 11:15, Tim Serong wrote:

For years I tried to get such a patch into ext[234]. There's always
discussion but in the end nobdy goes ahead and merges the patches.
Last time Ted at least agreed that it's easier to do this in the
individual filesystems:

Yeah the problem is a larger one, because the option string,
after mount(8) has extracted the MS_* flags, is passed verbatim
to the filesystem. (and MS_* does not have room to specify a UID)

Latest version of the patch is three years old:

It's quite some effort to rebase and test this all the time so I
can't keep up.

Hrm. So, given that's a bust, I'm very, very tempted to just take
whatever UID/GID the Debian project end up using, and use that on
openSUSE and SLES too. It's apparently likely to be 64045 which is well
outside any of our defined ranges.

classic system range: 0--99,65534
modern system range: 0--999,65534,4294967294
user range: 1000--{at least 2 million}

The exact extent of the user range has not been defined anywhere, it is
usually established by practice (and more specifically, realistic
practices). 64045 is _well_ within the user range.

Yes and no. The default range for dynamically allocated uids is defined
in /etc/login.defs. What happes if you exceed that range is not
written down. Debian is the only distro that I know that reserved
the window 60000-65533 for their own use:

Sourceforge was one
of the early large installations for example where one could observe
UIDs above the 100000 mark simply because they have that many registered
users. Similarly with the local university here where the student range
starts at UID 1 million because everything lower was potentially used in
some institute already thanks to the LDAP forest.

So, the safest option appears to be something like 4294000000. But that
does not solve the problem, because such a number is just as good as one
in the system range. In both cases you have to coordinate with distros
eventually because everyone WILL just pick a random number at some

There's an attempt here but it needs a driving force:


(o_ Ludwig Nussel
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