[lfs-dev] The testers user: could it be a proto-lfs user?

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 08:11:07 PDT 2020

On 7/20/20 3:21 AM, Kevin Buckley via lfs-dev wrote:
> Haven't got there in a build yet, as I'm looking at where to build
> Shadow, so as to get an su. but have noticed that there's an explicit
> "testers" user being created now, so as to run some Chapter 8 tests
> that should  not be run as root.
> Given that, when starting from a older LFS installation and coming
> to use that as the host for a new LFS build, one has to create the 'lfs'
> user, I was wondering if there'd be any gain, in creating the lfs user
> inside the chroot, so that it would be there when finally  booting into
> the new LFS system, and also using it for the Chapter 8 testing.
> At that point, it would be the same as any other non-root user.
> I could see that a failure to clean up properly before the chroot is
> first entered might mean that the "new" lfs user might have access
> to things that it should not have, depending on whether the UID in the
> host got reused but, for an LFS system, it seems likely that you would
> want an 'lfs' user at some point.
> Just another thought though, really,

The name of the non-root user in Chapter 8 is not really significant. We 
use different names, lfs and tester, to indicate to the lfs user 
different roles.  Using the same name is certainly possible, but would 
remove this distinction.  Of course, your distro, your rules.

   -- Bruce

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