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Letting adduser choose a user ID is the right way to do it. This won't conflict with official packages because automatically-assigned UIDs and statically-assigned UIDs are in different ranges. Yes, this does lead to different user IDs across systems; there's no easy way to do that because you'd have to tell the whole world (every system administrator and ...


The RHEL6 migration guide documents that there's a list for statically-assigned UIDs in /usr/share/doc/setup-*/uidgid, which currently goes up to roughly 200, and dynamic system users count downwards from 499. I read that as "use adduser -r in this case and certainly don't worry if you stay above 300; you won't collide unless you have hundreds of system ...

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