[Adduser-devel] Bug#362623: adduser: deluser(8) manpage typos and suggestions

J S Bygott jsb_no_spm at jsbygott.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Apr 14 15:41:34 UTC 2006

Package: adduser
Version: 3.85
Severity: minor
Tags: patch

This applies to both stable (version 3.63) and testing (version 3.85).

There are some typos ("an user" --> "a user" etc).

Also, I suggest adding "DIR" to the synopsis ("--backup-to DIR").

I suggest changing "setup" (copied from adduser) to "cleanup".

Finally, I suggest a simpler version of the "warning".

Patch follows

diff -u deluser.8 deluser.8.new > patch
-------------- next part --------------
--- deluser.8	2006-04-14 16:06:53.000000000 +0100
+++ deluser.8.new	2006-04-14 16:25:42.000000000 +0100
@@ -10,7 +10,7 @@
 deluser, delgroup \- remove a user or group from the system
-.BR deluser " [options] [\-\-remove-home] [\-\-home DIR] [\-\-remove-all-files] [\-\-backup] [\-\-backup-to] user"
+.BR deluser " [options] [\-\-remove-home] [\-\-home DIR] [\-\-remove-all-files] [\-\-backup] [\-\-backup-to DIR] user"
 .BR deluser " \-\-group [options] group"
@@ -76,7 +76,7 @@
 If the file
 .B /usr/local/sbin/deluser.local
 exists, it will be executed after the user account has been removed
-in order to do any local setup. The arguments passed to
+in order to do any local cleanup. The arguments passed to
 .B deluser.local
@@ -87,17 +87,16 @@
 .BR deluser " is called with the " \-\-group " option, or " delgroup
 is called, a group will be removed.
-Warning: If any users have the group to be removed as primary group
-the group cannot be removed.
+Warning: The primary group of an existing user cannot be removed.
 If the option
 .B \-\-only-if-empty
 is given, the group won't be removed if it has any members left.
-.SS "Remove an user from a specific group"
+.SS "Remove a user from a specific group"
 If called with two non-option arguments,
 .B deluser
-will remove an user from a specific group.
+will remove a user from a specific group.
 .B \-\-conf FILE
@@ -117,7 +116,7 @@
 .B \-\-system
 Only delete if user/group is a system user/group. This avoids
-accidentally deleting non-system user/groups. Additionally, if the
+accidentally deleting non-system users/groups. Additionally, if the
 user does not exist, no error value is returned. This option is mainly
 for use in Debian package maintainer scripts.

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