[Adduser-devel] Re: Re: Bug#295416: [Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#295416: Deleting a user group in userdel should only be done if the group is empty

Marc Haber mh+debian-packages@zugschlus.de
Sat, 30 Apr 2005 20:14:14 +0200

On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 07:15:51AM +0200, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Marc, CC'ing you : what is your opinion about the "right" behaviour
> from userdel (from deluser point of view) when a user group has an
> extra member and not the user him/herself only?
> -userdel should fail and not remove the user groups
> -userdel should remove the user group but not fail, just issue a
>  warning

I think that basically userdel should behave as it behaves everywhere,
to keep people who want (or need) to use the low-level tools are not
in for any surprises.

Deluser does things before calling userdel, so I think that userdel
should do what has been requested as good as possible without failing.
This is most likely the way that won't have the system end up in a
badly inconsistent state.


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