[Adduser-devel] Bug#364170: Fix for documentation of adduser --system

Reuben Thomas rrt at sc3d.org
Fri Apr 21 18:57:48 UTC 2006

Package: adduser
Version: 3.63
Severity: minor

"If an user with an uid in the system range (or if the uid 
is specified, with that) does already exist, adduser will exit with a warning."

This is unclear and slightly bad English. How about:

"If a user with the same name already exists in the system uid range
(or, if the uid is specified, if a user with that uid already exists),
adduser will exit with a warning."

There are two points here:

1. "a uid", not "an uid".

2. The original sentence implies that adduser stops if there's *any*
user in the system range, not just one with the same name.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.27-2-k7
Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

Versions of packages adduser depends on:
ii  debconf               Debian configuration management sy
ii  passwd                  1:4.0.3-31sarge5 change and administer password and
ii  perl-base               5.8.4-8sarge4    The Pathologically Eclectic Rubbis

-- debconf information:
* adduser/homedir-permission: true

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