UID issue

Randy McMurchy randy at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Apr 20 22:58:16 PDT 2005

Hi all,

Linux has an issue that I don't care for.

If a process is owned by a user with a username longer than 8
characters, a ps listing does not show the user name, instead, it
show the UID number.

The default user to run the D-Bus daemon is named "messagebus". This
name exceeds 8 characters, therefore a ps listing of processes shows
the daemon owned by a numerical representation of the username (UID)
instead of the username.

I don't like this.

What say the group about this issue?

No big deal, or keep usernames to 8 chars for daemon owners so that
a ps listing shows the username and not a UID number.

So that it is known, a simple change to the D-Bus configuration
file allows to use any user name, and not the default "messagebus".

Any and all comments would be appreciated.


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