fedora-atomic discussion point: /usr/lib/passwd

Colin Walters walters at verbum.org
Fri Apr 11 17:08:49 UTC 2014

On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM, Miloslav Trma─Ź <mitr at volny.cz> wrote:
> So, having /usr/lib/passwd storing the same limited set of data is 
> not the right long-term thing.  Unfortunately, AFAIK the fuller 
> interface isn't ready yet.

Yeah, it'd be nice to merge the accountsservice database in to the 
system db.  (And in general, have more consolidation among 

> In the really-long-term, really-hand-wavy, future, I think we need to 
> move away from the 32-bit UIDs[3],

I agree:

> [2] Overall I'm strongly convinced that the fully-stateless == 
> fully-atomic-updates model is simply unworkable.  We can have 
> stateless/atomic software installation, but we absolutely do need to 
> allow for arbitrary operations to be done on system's state between 
> loading the new version on disk and starting it.  Fedora-atomic can 
> have special support for a few classes of state know in advance, but 
> fully general software needs fully general post-installation 
> adjustments.  (E.g., where does ALTER TABLE ADD COLUMN on software 
> upgrade fit in the Fedora-atomic model?)

An ExecStartPre= entry in the systemd unit.

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