Auth/Access Question

Russ Allbery rra at
Tue Aug 20 21:48:14 UTC 2002

Jeffrey M Vinocur <jeff at> writes:

> Ok, essentially done (not tested yet, though).  One question on desired
> semantics:  if the -g flag is given, but group name can't be determined,
> what should we do?  I see three possibilities:

> - die (logging an error message)
> - return just the username, as if -g hadn't been given
> - return "user@" with nothing after the @

I vote for die and log; having the user not have a group name sounds like
a real error that should be fixed.

(The harder problem is when the user is in a bunch of supplemental groups;
I'm not sure what to do about that, but at least for a first cut we can
just return the user's primary group.)

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