On 6/20/19 9:53 AM, Brian Evans wrote:
>> +
>> +Following the acceptance of this GLEP, all new users and groups must
>> +be created via user/group packages as defined in this GLEP.  The old
>> +method may still be used for existing users/groups, in existing
>> +packages.
>> +
>> +All new users and groups must have unique UIDs/GIDs assigned
>> +by developers.  The developer adding them is responsible for checking
>> +for collisions.
> What significance will such numbers have when a daemon uses a new
> UID/GID and really doesn't care what it is?  Why do we have to go
> through the effort of assigning fixed IDs at random?

People want this. Here's the thread from 2017:


Selectively quoting:

  * I might be not following correctly, but due to how filesystems/etc
    work it is probably desirable to have consistent UID/GIDs as much as
    reasonably possible. -rich0

  * I don't think we need to have stable UIDs/GIDs in the "normal" case
    of standalone users with a single Gentoo system at home. The people
    who need predictable UIDs/GIDs are the "enterprise" users or the
    home users who use things such as NFS. I work for a company that
    uses Gentoo, we have a bunch of workarounds to make sure that UIDs
    and GIDs are stable. -chutzpah

  * I for one am more than willing to do whatever shell commands
    necessary to make all my Gentoo installs agree on UIDs and get
    [fixed UID proposal] now, but I realise most people are not.
    -A. Wilcox

  * YES! I think after [fixed UIDs] is finalized, it should be part of
    the handbook installation as a default, but selectable. -james

  * If the user does not exist then create it. Preferably use a pre-
    assigned UID/GID so there is some consistency with most other
    Gentoo things out there. -Alan McKinnon

This will make a lot of peoples' lives easier, and is very easy to do.

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