It's enough of an issue that I'd spend the 1-2 hours to reinstall my server and 
1 client.  I just find it really odd that the default would be so high.  I'm 
all for avoiding conflicts, but I can't think of too many systems that would 
have a billion users.  The help on the server installer says the idstart is 
random.  I'd rather skip 1000 UIDs than 1.3 billion, I just find the numbers 
unwieldy.  Browsing the web, it looks like the default is random between 1m and 
2^31.  I'd just prefer it be in the 4-6 digit range, as I do still use UIDs 
numerically on occasion.

I have no issue with the default being what it is, most people may not care 
what their UID range actually is.  I just want to know if it can be changed 
manually or if I have to reinstall.  I'm still in an evaluation phase with a 
testing system anyway, so I'll just add it to my notes when I deploy to 
something I might use in production.


On 6/13/11 3:22 PM, "Steven Jones" <> wrote:


The docs say they do this to try and avoid clashes with other organisations in 
case of a merger.

Another reason I can see is possibly Shiboleth (Federation) which I/we have to 
do. So is changing it that much of an issue?


From: [] on 
behalf of Stamper, Brian P. (ARC-D)[Logyx LLC] []
Sent: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:18 a.m.
Subject: [Freeipa-users] Change UID range

After installing, I've noticed that my UIDs for freeipa start at 1.3 billion.  
Now, this isn't technically a problem, but it is ... Odd.  Is there a way to 
change this value after install, or am I stuck uninstalling and reinstalling 
with the --idstart value set to get this to a more reasonable number?


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