[Adduser-devel] "Useful"/extra groups

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Tue Jul 11 04:56:33 UTC 2006

From the changelog of user-setup, the D-I component that sets the root
user password AND creates the first regular user:

>    * Add first user to two additional groups: netdev and powerdev
>      Note that this assumes that something creates these groups during
>      the task installation, as hal does with powerdev. The first user is added

It should be time to take advantage of the new "add user to useful
groups" feature of adduser (--add_extra_groups). The problem is that
these "extra" groups is defined in /etc/adduser.conf so the task of
maintaining the list of default extra groups would be delegated to the
maintainer of adduser.

PS to Marc (Haber): would you be OK to work with us (D-I team) to
define a "reasonable" list of "extra" groups? That should be the list
of groups which it seems reasonable to pu the first created user in
(audio, etc...)

PS2 to Marc: it seems that adduser.conf(5) does not document the newly
added directive(s) to deal with extra groups.

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