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Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:14:23 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Re: /etc/skel/.ssh/authorized_keys

On Wed, Nov 09, 2011 at 03:10:15PM +0400, wrote:
> On 09-Nov-2011 14:56:44 +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
>  > > +%post clients
>  > > +mkdir -p -m 700 /etc/skel/.ssh
>  > > +touch /etc/skel/.ssh/authorized_keys
>  > What for? To provide safe permissions by default, even if one
>  > adjusts the umask to be other than our default of 077?
> Not necessarily. I normally do that for reasons of usability, as
> I encourage users to authorize with keys, and they misspell the
> file name too often.

Oh.  Understood.  But I don't feel this is a good enough reason to make
the change in Owl.  It would be unclear where to stop with providing
empty skel files for those potentially misspelled filenames.

>  > Why in %post rather than in %install and %files?
> To avoid conflicts. The ${subj} may contain preset keys on some
> systems (trivial example: VPS with virtual HTTP sites operated
> by one person) - and it hardly is the "%config(noreplace)" file.

There would be no problem listing this file as %config(noreplace), but
see above - I am not convinced that we want to get this in.


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