[Dev] User ID allocation

Kanevskiy, Alexander alexander.kanevskiy at intel.com
Mon May 26 14:17:27 GMT 2014

On 26/05/14 17:12 , "Piotr Bartosiewicz"
<p.bartosiewi at partner.samsung.com> wrote:

>On 22.05.2014 16:35, Łukasz Stelmach wrote:
>> It was <2014-05-22 czw 11:16>, when Michal Witanowski wrote:
>>> From: Dev [mailto:dev-bounces at lists.tizen.org] On Behalf Of Thiago
>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:54 PM
>>>> Em qua 21 maio 2014, às 17:35:32, Michal Witanowski escreveu:
>>>>> I'm in team working on Domain Separation (Linux Containers) and we
>>>>>need to
>>>>> reserve an UID for our daemon which will be communicating with
>>>>> via dbus socket (it  requires that UID in host and container match,
>>>>>so we
>>>>> can't trust default values).
>>>>> I was wondering if there exist any rules for User ID allocation on
>>>>> Tizen 3.0 platform.
>>>> Can't you simply have a useradd -r command in the RPM post-install
>>>> rule?  This will create a UID for you. The software simply needs to
>>>> getpwnam to get the UID.
>> [...]
>>> We can't just do "useradd -r", because it will generate a "random"
>>>User ID.
>>> We must be sure that UID of the deamon user will be the same,
>>> system configuration, existing users in the system, etc.
>> Why is that? Are you going to hardcode the uids anywhere? That is BAD.
>Yes, we would like to hardcode the uids. Yes we know that it is BAD in
>Let me explain the problem without using the 'container' word:
>We have 'n' different Tizen images.
>How to ensure that in every image there exists the same user='User' with
>the *same* uid=<uid>.

What is the value of that exact numeric uid match between independent
images ?

>I've already explained why the uids needs to be the same - see my earlier
>mails. I can't simply do a 'useradd' on the first one and use the uid on
>other images because this uid can be occupied in some image.

Different image = different device = different runtime scope. Why this
exact match matters ?
You’re not going to use e.g. NFS between those devices where those uid
might play good role.
So, what is the value here ?

Best regards, Alexander Kanevskiy.

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