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

Colin Walters walters at verbum.org
Mon Apr 28 16:48:22 UTC 2014

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM, Simo Sorce <simo at redhat.com> wrote:
> - How do you deal with conflicts ?
> - What happen when an admin legitimately just use vipw and adds a 
> system
> user in /etc/passwd instead of one of the other 2 you mention ?
> - How do you propose to resolve users from multiple files ?

The answer to all 3 of these: /etc/passwd is writable by the admin, and 
wins over anything else.

> - Are you going to introduce new nss modules ?

Yes, see nss-altfiles.

> - Are you going to change pam_unix to lookup from all there files in
> different ways ?

Why would pam_unix need to be changed?  It uses getpwnam() which will 
be fine, AFAICS.

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