[Adduser-devel] Bug#344824: --firstuid should be usable with --system, but it is silently ignored

Max Bowsher maxb1 at ukf.net
Mon Dec 26 19:05:44 UTC 2005

Marc Haber wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 26, 2005 at 04:53:04PM +0000, Max Bowsher wrote:
>>The help doesn't mention any use of --firstuid with --system, but this
>>would be useful to allow local non-human users, to be created in a
>>separate uid range to the system users created by Debian packages.
> It is documented that adduser --system uses the first available UID
> from the system UID range.

The same language, except for 'normal' being used instead of 'system',
is used to document plain adduser (without --system).  The normal case
then goes on to describe --firstuid/--lastuid.  So, I agree the
documentation is correct.

But, is there a good reason to permit overriding the normal UID range
via the command line, but not permit overriding the system UID range?

> Is your goal reached with adduser --disabled-login --firstuid 200 test1?

Only partially, because I want the suppression of copying /etc/skel and
running chfn that --system provides.


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