How to change user / group numbers in passwd/group?
akonstam at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 18 13:48:37 UTC 2007
On Sun, 2007-06-17 at 18:04 -0400, Eric wrote:
> I am in the process of moving the content of an FC2 server to F7. In the
> process, I have to establish some new users with user and group numbers 501
> and 502.
> Unfortunately, F7 in its infinite wisdom decided to assign 501 to user
> "tclhttpd" and 502 to user "dbmail" (whatever they might be). (vigorously
> begging the question of WHY!!! in the world it did that...) :-(
> If I can't assign 501 and 502 to the users and groups they were on the FC2
> machine, a LOT of permissions problems will be created in a fairly large
> and complex database and file structure.
> What is the "right" way to assign different numbers to existing users like
> "tclhttpd" and "dbmail"? I know I can just go in there and edit passwd and
> group but no doubt that will cause all sorts of unknown problems elsewhere,
> for resources and files that depend on 501 and 502 being assigned to
> "tclhttpd" and "dbmail". So, is there a "right" way that updates
> everything else to whatever new user numbers I assign?
Most likely you can change the uid in the passwd file without problems.
I have done that many times. I would change them to values below 500.
There are usually values that have not been assigned.
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