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Old 09-24-2012, 01:33 PM
Tom Horsley
 
Default Is this a packaging bug?

I installed dovecot and postfix rpms on my system at work,
and they didn't create the local users in my local passwd
and group files.

Apparently, they didn't create the local users because
the yp server happened to have those same users defined
on it.

When I rebooted my system both postfix and dovecot failed
to start because yp wasn't up yet, so the users were not
defined.

Shouldn't packages like this always want to really create
real local users on they system doing the install?
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:36 PM
Ian Chapman
 
Default Is this a packaging bug?

On 24/09/12 21:33, Tom Horsley wrote:


I installed dovecot and postfix rpms on my system at work,
and they didn't create the local users in my local passwd
and group files.

Apparently, they didn't create the local users because
the yp server happened to have those same users defined
on it.

When I rebooted my system both postfix and dovecot failed
to start because yp wasn't up yet, so the users were not
defined.

Shouldn't packages like this always want to really create
real local users on they system doing the install?


To me, it seems the package did exactly the right thing. It isn't always
desirable to create the user locally (unless the user doesn't exist at
all) and it seems reasonable to assume that if the user already exists,
there's no need to create it.


It sounds to me like, if anything it's a bug or a misconfiguration of
the init system.


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