[Edgy] Why does the "Users and Group" config utility show a root user?

Alf-Ivar Holm alfh at student.matnat.uio.no
Tue Nov 14 13:21:37 UTC 2006

Florian Diesch <diesch at spamfence.net> writes:

> Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> wrote:
>> On Mon, 2006-11-06 at 16:13 +0100, Florian Diesch wrote:
>>> It's just some string that is not valid result of crypt(3) (the
>>> function used to encrypt the passwords) so no password will ever
>>> match.
>> Exactly, and therefore the UI in users-admin should not show an
>> 8-character password.
> The number of dots shown doesn't depend on the password length as
> users-admin doesn't know it.
> What else should it show? 

Since the contents of the shadow file field is a non-legal crypt
output¹, the package could notice that and display something special,
as Mario described in a different sub-thread.


¹) For those without the crypt(3) man page, shadow(5) contains a
description of legal characters.

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