[Adduser-devel] Bug#264570: adduser is too verbose

Marc Haber Marc Haber <mh+debian-packages@zugschlus.de>, 264570@bugs.debian.org
Sat, 5 Feb 2005 13:30:19 +0100

tags #264570 wishlist wontfix

On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 03:48:30PM +1000, Brian May wrote:
> According to adduser man page:
>        If called with one non-option argument and the --system option, adduser
>        will add a system user. 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.
> However, adduser comes up with a lot of warnings when the user already
> exists, contrary to the documentation which says it should exit
> silently.

Adduser issues a single warning if a user to be added does already
exist. That warning can be turned off with the --quiet option.

amavisd-new triggers other warnings in its postinst. Workarounds:

- Create the home directory manually (or have it created with package
  installation by debian/dirs) and call adduser with --no-create-home.
- Don't manually create the group for the user, call adduser --system

Frankly, I believe that adduser can be used in a way that doesn't
trigger that many warnings.

Thus, I am tagging this bug wontfix and am inclined to close it


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