[Rpm-maint] Verify when two usernames use the same UID

Archie Cobbs archie at dellroad.org
Thu Jun 5 16:15:40 UTC 2014

I'd like a second opinion from this list on http://rpm.org/ticket/872 which
was just closed as invalid. I don't agree (and I also don't understand the
closing comment).

The issue is that rpm --verify fails 50% of the time when one of the RPM's
files is owned by a user 'aaa' who happens to share the same UID as another
user 'bbb', even though the RPM is completely unchanged from its original
installation. This just seems wrong.

In UNIX the username -> UID relationship is a many-to-one mapping. Or have
I been mistaken all these years?

Simply put, rpm --verify is incorrectly assuming that this relationship is

Either rpm has a bug or I'm missing something very basic...


Archie L. Cobbs
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