This package is no longer maintained, but the setstate command is now included in fdtools.

idtools is a set of tools for working with user and group IDs. These tools can be used to construct login services or other services (typically in the form of a simple shell script) that must prompt for a username and password. They can also be used in other situations that require similar process-state changes.

This package is discussed on the prjware list. New releases are announced on the prjware-announce list.


idtools is devoid of warranty and is distributed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good idea for you to distribute modified versions. (That includes repackaging.) I'd like to know if you plan to do that.

This link always points to the latest version (currently 2006.09.30).

Older versions are published for historical interest.


To build idtools, you need Laurent Bercot's skalibs package and Bruce Guenter's bglibs and cvm packages. Edit conf-compile/depend_* as necessary during installation.


slashpackage is a good thing. You can read more about it here. If you don't already have /package, create it (on any filesystem you like, as long as it's accessible by the name “/package”):

# mkdir -p /usr/local/package
# ln -s /usr/local/package /
# chmod +t /package/.

Then run sp-install:

# sp-install idtools-VERSION.tar.bz2

Or, if you like to do things manually, unpack the tarball and run package/install:

# cd /package
# bunzip2 < /path/to/idtools-VERSION.tar.bz2 |
> tar -xpf -
# cd admin/idtools-VERSION
# package/install

Read package/README and package/INSTALL for more detailed instructions.


Current known bugs

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