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Re: uid_t vs. gid_t

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: uid_t vs. gid_t
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:24:11 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.19 (2009-01-05)


On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 09:11:52PM +0200, Patrik Olsson wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-04-10 at 12:09 +0200, olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 09, 2010 at 11:42:25AM +0200, Patrik Olsson wrote:

> > > I have found one thing that seems incorrect in
> > > hurd.git/hurd/password.defs. See the parameter/field "group" in
> > > "password_check_group"? Shouldn't it be of type gid_t and not
> > > uid_t?
> > Still, this probably should be fixed. How about a patch? :-)
> Well, if it ain't broken, then why fix it? :-)
> I think that going through all those folders to change the type will
> take a whole day. It's not really easy to make a script for it either
> since not all uid_t should be changed, only some. Besides, I cannot
> check if the software will still build after the changes (or if it
> will break other packages that assume the old type).

Why can't you check it?...

I agree though that it's probably not worth the trouble, considering
that it's really just a formalism...

I wonder whether it wouldn't be smarter just to abolish gid_t
alltogether instead -- they are not likely to ever differ in technical
terms, and there is probably no type checking worth talking of involved


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