bin/96248: vipw fail on RO /etc

Alex Kozlov spam at
Tue Apr 25 22:00:39 UTC 2006

The following reply was made to PR bin/96248; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Alex Kozlov <spam at>
To: Maxim Konovalov <maxim at>
Cc: bug-followup at
Subject: Re: bin/96248: vipw fail on RO /etc
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 00:57:56 +0300

 On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:40:14PM +0000, Maxim Konovalov wrote:
 >  >  >  I believe a simple script could solve the problem in your environment.
 >  >  Almost any missing features can be done with wrapper script.
 >  >  But programs continue to improve.
 >  Yes, in a way they don't break POLA.  I'd be really surprised if
 >  eventually vipw(8) run 'more' instead of 'vi' :-)
 >  >  Also I don't want script in sudo case.
 >  I know nothing about your environment but if you trust users to run
 >  vipw(8) from which they can easily change root password, create a
 >  priv. account, jump to root shell, why don't trust them to run a
 >  script?
 Ok. I take your point.
 >  >  P.S. Btw, lib/libutil don't respect NO_INET6 knob. Fix is simple.
 >  >  Shall I fill another PR?
 >  Yes, sure.

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