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Bug 1176 - updatedb cron job gives me an empty locatedb
Summary: updatedb cron job gives me an empty locatedb
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: findutils
Version: 5.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-02-15 18:35 UTC by jay
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-02-18 22:38:59 UTC

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Description jay 1999-02-15 18:35:16 UTC
the /etc/cron.daily job creates a valid locatedb in /tmp but
does not move it to the /var/lib/locatedb location.

It somehow creates an empty file in /var/lib

[root@texnet lib]# ls -al /var/lib/locatedb*
-rw-------   1 root     root            0 Feb 15 10:28
[root@texnet lib]# ls -al /tmp/*
-rw-------   1 nobody   users      665408 Feb 15 10:31
[root@texnet lib]# rpm -q findutils

when I run the updatedb command as root the proper file is

My 5.2 systems do not do this.

Comment 1 jay 1999-02-15 18:48:59 UTC
I'm a twit.  This system was converted from slackware to redhat
several months ago. I preserved my /etc/passwd and /etc/group files.
Apparently nobody was set to be # 65535, where RH expects it to be
#99  I guess some inherited permissions based on userid, etc.  I
diddled the passwd file to some semblance of RH ism et viola, c'est

Question though. Does this imply that the nobody user is _priviledged_

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-02-18 22:38:59 UTC
Nobody is "privileged" only in the sense that uid's below some
small number (like 100 or 500) are usually assigned by a vendor.
Other conventions, such as nobody:x:65535:65535: are also common.

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