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From Rainer Jung <>
Subject Re: svn commit: r524777 - /tomcat/connectors/trunk/jk/tools/
Date Tue, 03 Apr 2007 07:14:50 GMT
OK, I forgot, that I actually had a user and group named asf (I thought 
tar would ignore their non-existance).

But I agree with William, that we should instead use a general purpose 
user and group exactly because of the reasons given by him.

If a non-root user extracts the tarball, his ownership will be used, but 
many people unfortunately do it as root, because of the final 
installation steps and the end up with files created by root but owned 
by some foreign user/group which might exist on their local system. I 
never liked tarballs, which generated strange user ids when extracting them.

root as the user sounds like a plausible default, bin as a group will 
work on most *nix systems (I shortly checked Solaris, SuSE Linux and, although the ideas what bin is used for seem to vary 
a lot. All in all I would suggest root:bin to.



Mladen Turk wrote:
> Rainer Jung wrote:
>> Hi Mladen,
>> did you delete setting owner and group by accident from the release 
>> script?
> No, I did it by purpose. I don't have user or group named asf, so the tar
> fails. What would be a purpose of it anyhow, and how would you ensure
> that the same user will exist on the users box?
> Regards,
> Mladen.

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