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FS#13690 - [gdm] Wrong group installation

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Jean Levasseur (foxmike) - Saturday, 07 March 2009, 02:33 GMT
Last edited by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Friday, 14 August 2009, 19:51 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


In post-install script of gdm packages, group "gdm" is created, without enforcing a group id, resulting gdm (a system group, I believe) being assigned a group number over 1000. This can cause problems for systems where there is already a set of directories populating /home with some group numbers that interfere with system groups.

Additional info:
* package: gdm 2.20.9-1
* suggested fix: see attached file

Steps to reproduce:
pacman -S gdm
cat /etc/group
cat /etc/passwd

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Closed by  Jan de Groot (JGC)
Friday, 14 August 2009, 19:51 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  Fixed in 2.20.10-2.
Comment by Magnus Therning (magus) - Thursday, 16 July 2009, 08:37 GMT
This still hasn't been addressed it seems! This is what I found in my /etc/passwd after a fresh install:


I attached a slightly modified gdm.install; it seems wrong to give the user 'gdm' a real name of 'PolicyKit' :-)
Comment by Alessandro Doro (adoroo) - Friday, 17 July 2009, 12:50 GMT
This reminds me of  FS#14507 .

No issuess on my new Arch i686 system (2009-07-09):
$ grep gdm /etc/passwd
Comment by Magnus Therning (magus) - Friday, 17 July 2009, 14:59 GMT
I did my install of gdm yesterday (2009-07-16), and I saw this problem then.

In any case I find it interesting that the gdm user has a real name of 'PolicyKit'!