Bug#372280: [Adduser-devel] Bug#372280: adduser fails: "configuration error - unknown item"

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Fri Jun 9 09:57:57 UTC 2006

This one time, at band camp, Ian Bruce said:
> "adduser" produces a lot of error messages about unrecognized
> parameters, which may or may not be harmless. This may indicate a
> conflict with some version of another package, but it's not clear to me
> which one.

You have these directives set in /etc/login.defs.  My understanding is
that they have been deprecated for some time, but now they create a 
warning message.  This is not a bug in adduser (in fact, I'm not sure
it's a bug at all - programs do change the acceptable options in their
conf files over time, and it's not a good idea to automatedly overwrite
an edited config file on upgrade).

Others, I leave it to you whether or not you want to reassign this to
login (the package responsible for login.defs) or just close it.  I can
see arguments both ways.

Take care,
|   ,''`.                                            Stephen Gran |
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