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.
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_
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.