Bug#362409: [Adduser-devel] Bug#362409: delgroup --only-if-empty returns error code 1, if group is not empty

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Tue Jun 20 22:45:22 UTC 2006

This one time, at band camp, Matthias Klose said:
> Package: adduser
> What sense makes this return status of 1 in combination with
> --only-if-empty? At least it should be documented in the man page.

Er, it exits 5 if the group isn't empty.  Can't that be tested for and
dealt with?  I agree that having all error codes be the same would be
silly, but that's not the case:

steve at gashuffer:~$ sudo delgroup --only-if-empty adm
/usr/sbin/delgroup: The group `adm' is not empty!
steve at gashuffer:~$ echo $?

Take care,
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