Bug#854792: fails when there are two users with the same UID
abe at debian.org
Fri Feb 24 00:58:36 UTC 2017
Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
> > Summary: accounts-daemon.service fails to work properly when there are
> > two users in the system with the same UID.
> I'm not sure that's a system configuration that is supported.
it's a not seldom thing to have a second root account which is often
called toor as that's its common name in the BSD world, see
There are multiple reasons to do that:
* If the beginning of /etc/passwd is wrecked for some reason, the
second root user at the end of the passwd can still login
* root usually has the default login shell. Some people do not want to
change that but have a user with root permissions and their
favourite interactive shell, e.g. tcsh or zsh.
* The second root account could also sport a less comfortable but
statically compiled shell including some builtin commands (e.g.
busybox-static or sash) for fixing the system with onboard tools if
libc6 is broken for some reason.
Actually Debian's sash package even encouraged the admin via debconf
to create such a second root user (called sashroot). That feature
though has been removed from the sash package quite a while ago
(although I learned about this only now and was unpleasantly surprised
about that maintainer's move).
> If you shoot yourself in the foot, you should expect some
Unfortunately it has been become very common in Debian recently to use
such arguments to get rid of unpleasant bugs.
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