From: ccostelloe at domain flogas.ie
Date: Thu 04 Jul 2002 - 15:23:00 IST
Thanks everyone for resolving my problem, my null password virtual user is
happy. Seems like RedHat have a half-implemented six-character minimum password
requirement (their installation program also implements this policy). Luckily I
did not follow their solution to my problem, it's not a pretty sight seeing the
results of my attempts at recompiling a kernel.
On some of the questions raised:
> I take it that you want this user to be able to write to > the whole directory tree then? You'll want to be root to > do this, not 'everybody'.
Not really, you obviously don't realise that you are replying to a lunatic. At
one stage, a number of the services I use the box for decided to change their
directory and configuration structures (e.g. named) so my selective backups
required required changes on both the Linux box and on the backup PC. To a
novice, it was quite frustrating at the time (it really did feel like herding
cats) this appeared to be a random regular feature of Linux, so to thwart this,
make / readable and just make the changes on the backup PC. Also in the back of
my mind was the backup PC needing the passwordmid-way through a backup due to a
dropped connection. I would probably approach it a different way now, but that
> If you want to create a share for people to use, put it > somewhere nice like /var/lib/samba/shares/ - or at least > create a folder /public and share that out instead. More > secure and, seemingly, little downside?
I had gone for the equivalent of /public. I should mention that I am spoiled by
the users in here - they don't try mucking around with anything, they won't even
bring a floppy in without letting me scan it first. Utterly spoiled. All that
could be screwed up is the likes of DNS and Apache anyway.
> first the obvious question ... why / ... I know you > mention client-side backups ... but seriously, most > of what you're backing up is on the RedHat CDs anyway ...
I totally agree with you, I only back up the configuration files, the users'
shared directory, and a few bits like our internal web pages. I discovered many
many years ago that trying to restore an operating system with an operating
system won't work (a DOS V2 backup cannot be restored to a DOS V3 box by DOS V3,
at least not then).
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