[Adduser-devel] Bug#374705: adduser: creates incorrect mail spool files during new installation

Frans Pop elendil at planet.nl
Tue Jun 20 19:51:57 UTC 2006

Package: adduser
Version: 3.87
Severity: serious
Tags: d-i

After a new installation using Debian Installer, there are wrong mail 
files for several (system) users that are created during the 

# cd /target/var/spool/mail
# ls -l
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 Debian-exim
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:55 fjp
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 identd
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 13:41 statd

(fjp is the normal user created during this install)

Note that both the permissions and the ownership are broken. This breaks 
mail delivery for the installed system.
AFAIK there is actually no need to create mail spool files for new users?

I was able to create a similar file from the d-i debug shell:
# chroot /target adduser xxx
# ls -l xxx
---------- 1 root mail 0 2006-06-20 14:15 xxx
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