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

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Tue Jun 20 21:44:42 UTC 2006

This one time, at band camp, Frans Pop said:
> After a new installation using Debian Installer, there are wrong mail 
> files for several (system) users that are created during the 
> installation:


This one time, at band camp, Joey Hess said:
> I installed the desktop task on this laptop, then switched it to postfix
> and installed a few other packages like nstxcd that also create users on
> install. The result:


I think the bug is in shadow, as there have been changes in this area

shadow (1:4.0.15-10) unstable; urgency=high

      + check the return value of fchown before fchmod when the mailbox is
        created by useradd
      + The patch also uses login.defs::MAIL_DIR instead of /var/mail.

 -- Christian Perrier <bubulle at debian.org>  Thu, 18 May 2006 01:44:56 -0500

adduser doesn't touch the mail spool when adding users.  I am not
reassigning yet, as I am not positive.  Can you test with an earlier
useradd and let me know if the bug is indeed there?

> I suspect that the BOGUS.joey.CY8W is from postfix moving the wrong
> owner and permissions joey file out of the way when delivering mail
> later.

I suspect it's procmail, but yes.  It's an MDA thing, and a feature at

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