[Adduser-devel] Bug#326192: adduser: adding system user with existing group fails

Marc Haber mh+debian-packages at zugschlus.de
Sat Oct 1 18:18:21 UTC 2005

tags #326192 - wontfix
tags #326192 confirmed pending

On Mon, Sep 05, 2005 at 12:50:10PM +0200, Peter Eisentraut wrote:
> Am Samstag, 3. September 2005 10:11 schrieb Marc Haber:
> > Which is a feature. adduser only silently adds a new system user to an
> > existing group if the existing group is a system group. If the
> > existing group is not a system group, adduser assumes that the group
> > name is locally being used for some thing else and refrains from
> > giving a new system user potential privileges on user data.
> OK, that makes sense.  So forget this bug, but maybe I can request that these 
> circumstances are explained in the error message.  So maybe it could look 
> like this:
>     adduser: The group `postgres' already exists and is not a system group.

Thanks for that idea. Committed to svn.


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