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Re: entries in /etc/passwd

On Mon, Jun 30, 2003 at 04:22:54PM -0400, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> On Mon, 30 Jun 2003, Jeff Cramlet wrote:
> > Everyone:*:0:0:,S-1-1-0::
> > SYSTEM:*:18:18:,S-1-5-18::
> >
> "Everyone" is a group.  Windows allows for files to be owned by groups,

"Everyone" is a group which is pretty similar to "world" or "others"
in U*X systems.  Due to the very different handling of access rights,
"Everyone" in Windows is actually a group with its own SID.

> which are then treated as users.  The side effect of removing this entry
> from /etc/passwd is that you won't be able to get correct access to files
> owned by the "Everyone" group from Cygwin tools.

Nope, if you recreate /etc/passwd and /etc/group with the latest
versions of mkpasswd and mkgroup, you'll see that the "Everyone" entry
will not get created anymore.  It was needed in older versions of
Cygwin but it's definitely not used anymore since... well... 1.3.16 or
so.  You can savely remove it from both files.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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