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Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 07:49:37 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: Owl: tcb is now the default


The latest Owl-current snapshot makes tcb the default password
shadowing scheme.  This affects both new installs and updating
existing ones: automatic conversion from /etc/shadow is attempted when
updating with "make installworld".

This automatic conversion won't be performed if /etc/nsswitch.conf is
locally-modified (as it will be if you unconvert a system from tcb).
However, as a number of configuration files now default to tcb,
maintaining and keeping updated a system with /etc/shadow is a little
more work than it used to be, -- for the sake of making it trivial to
stay with tcb.  I expect that 99% of Owl installs will use tcb.

The packages which have been touched for this change are listed in the
entry in CHANGES-current.

Please test and report any problems this might cause you before we
make it part of a release.

Alexander Peslyak <>
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