On 22 February 2018 at 21:12, MarkusHiereth <translat...@hiereth.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> when updating the German translations of the shadow package, I
> encountered strange things in the documentation. For example an option
> --non-unique for the commands useradd and usermod. With the first, the
> system administrator is able to force the system to create a new user
> with an ID that already exists, which is related to another user.
> One effect I would expect after using useradd with this option is that
> files and directories are owned by two persons - as the UID of a file
> indicates the owner.
> Has anybody an idea about the purpose of such an option?

​Perhaps it was created for people suffering from multiple personality

Who knows



> >From my point of view it is necessary that the respective manual pages
> explain why one might use such an option and / or warn what a mess
> might be created with it.
> On the debian IRC channel, one comment on this problem was, Linux is a
> friendly operating system. It will not prevent users from shooting
> themselves in the foot.
> Please cc your posts to my mail addresse as I am not a subscriber of
> this list.
> Best regards
> Markus

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