Bug#398802: [Adduser-devel] Bug#398802: Preseeding adduser/homedir-permission doesn't appear to work

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Wed Nov 15 19:48:22 CET 2006

This one time, at band camp, Olaf van der Spek said:
> On 11/15/06, Stephen Gran <sgran at debian.org> wrote:
> >This one time, at band camp, Olaf van der Spek said:
> >> I've put "adduser     adduser/homedir-permission      boolean false" in 
> >preseed.cfg, but /etc/adduser.conf contains "DIR_MODE=0755".
> >> The preseed entry appears to be ignored.
> >
> >I don't know the fields for a preseed entry, I'm afraid, so can you tell
> >me what the first one represents?  Package?  Title?  Something else?
> According to http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/apbs03.html
> the format is "<owner> <question name> <question type> <value>".

Oh, cool.  I didn't know about that manual.  Thanks.

> >I'm guessing at package, but I want to be sure.  I don't really see how
> >this happened, looking over the maintainer scripts, so can you help
> >debug it?
> Sure. What can I do?

debconf-show adduser
is a start.  I expect it to just answer 
* adduser/homedir-permission: true
but I'd like to be sure.

If it doesn't then there is a wierd bug that I can't spot in the
postinst.  If it does, then can you rerun the installer, but set -x the
adduser scripts and send the resulting output?

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