[erlang-questions] where is os:getuid() ?

Michael Santos michael.santos@REDACTED
Fri Nov 27 17:08:18 CET 2015

On Thu, Nov 26, 2015 at 09:20:43PM -0500, Mark Steele wrote:
> Happened across a post to the mailing list regarding getuid.
> Just added it here:
> https://github.com/marksteele/passwderl
> Add it to your rebar config, and you're good to go.

A few comments:

* getuid(2), seteuid(2), etc take and return uid_t's and gid_t's. These
  are unsigned 32-bit integers on the platforms I checked, not signed
  values. In particular, passing a signed value into seteuid(2) may have
  unexpected results.

* the getpw* calls are blocking and may take some time to complete since
  names may be resolved against network services like NIS or LDAP.

* there are problems portably using setuid(2) and seteuid(2) that were
  documented in "Setuid Demystified":


  A more predictable interface is setresuid(2) which seems to be available
  on all Unixes except Solaris.

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> Mark Steele
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