Please include group "dialout" in the baselayout.
It's what upstream udev is using for eg. /dev/ttyUSB0, instead of "uucp" which we currently use through `sed` in udev's ebuild.
Is there any way someone can check other distros to see if dialout and
uucp both exist?
The last time I checked (debian I think) I don't think I remember seeing
a uucp group at all, but dialout is the new group.
If that's the case, how would we want this to happen so we could remove the
uucp group on live systems?
From a quick glance:
- something added the dialout group to my system, possibly long ago. I don't see it in baselayout, yet I had it before adding enewgroup to systemd.
- app-mobilephone/smsclient installs files owned by that group. It doesn't in any way enforce creation of that group.
- net-misc/asterisk creates the group with GID 20. Not sure if the intent is the same there.
- net-dialup/wvdial states 'Users have to be member of the dialout AND the uucp group'. No idea why.
uucp has been around for much longer. dialout served pretty much the same purpose as uucp. it was dropped during baselayout-1.13 development 6 years ago:
redhat was making the same change with their migration to the makedev package.
that's why a lot of people have dialup still on their systems
Can you advise us on udev/systemd then?
Since they require it, should we be creating it, or should we edit the
rules so that they use the uucp group?
...i'm closing this as WONTFIX. Seems like the general consensus is that 'uucp' is preferred at this time.