[Adduser-devel] Bug#278937: adduser: typo and request for clarification in the manpages

Nicolas François Nicolas François , 278937@bugs.debian.org
Sat, 30 Oct 2004 16:19:36 +0200

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Package: adduser
Version: 3.59
Severity: minor


I posted some remarks regarding adduser's manpages on:

Marc Haber asked for a bug report because he could not fix it in a short
period of time.

I attach here a patch for points 1, 4, 5 and 6.

The other points are:
2) In adduser.8, line 110, I don't understand what the "master program" is.
3) In adduser.8, line 114, I don't understand:
   If an user with an uid in the system range (or if the uid is specified,
   with that) does already exist, adduser will exit silently.

BTW, some hyphens are not escaped in the manpages (which render searches
and cut&paste more difficult on UTF-8 terminals). I can make a patch for
this if you wish.

PS: I will soon post a french translation of the manpages. It would be
nice if you could mail debian-l10n-french@lists.debian.org if the manpages
are modified, so I will be able to make an update for the same upload.

Kind Regards,

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Index: adduser.8
RCS file: /cvsroot/ddp/manpages/english/adduser/adduser.8,v
retrieving revision 1.4
diff -a -u -r1.4 adduser.8
--- adduser.8	1 Aug 2004 11:15:28 -0000	1.4
+++ adduser.8	30 Oct 2004 13:24:25 -0000
@@ -182,7 +182,7 @@
 .B \-\-force\-badname
 By default, user and group names are required to consist of a
 lowercase letter followed by zero or more lowercase letters or numbers. Dashes
-in the username are accepted as well.
+in user and group names are accepted as well.
 This option forces
 .B adduser
Index: deluser.8
RCS file: /cvsroot/ddp/manpages/english/adduser/deluser.8,v
retrieving revision 1.3
diff -a -u -r1.3 deluser.8
--- deluser.8	1 Aug 2004 11:15:28 -0000	1.3
+++ deluser.8	30 Oct 2004 13:24:26 -0000
@@ -36,7 +36,7 @@
 can be run in one of three modes:
 .SS "Remove a normal user"
 If called with one non-option argument and without the
-.BR " \-\-group " options, " deluser
+.BR " \-\-group " option, " deluser
 will remove a normal user.
 By default,
Index: deluser.conf.5
RCS file: /cvsroot/ddp/manpages/english/adduser/deluser.conf.5,v
retrieving revision 1.2
diff -a -u -r1.2 deluser.conf.5
--- deluser.conf.5	2 Apr 2004 20:17:57 -0000	1.2
+++ deluser.conf.5	30 Oct 2004 13:24:26 -0000
@@ -19,7 +19,7 @@
 Each option takes the form
 .IR option " = " value .
 Double or single quotes are allowed around the value.  Comment lines
-must have a pound sign (#) in the first line.
+must have a pound sign (#) at the beginning of the line.
 deluser(8) and delgroup(8) also read /etc/adduser.conf.
@@ -33,7 +33,7 @@
 Removes all files on the system owned by the user to be removed.
 If this option is activated
-as no effect. Values may be 0 or 1.
+has no effect. Values may be 0 or 1.