[Adduser-devel] Bug#503153: adduser: manpage confusing

Matt Taggart taggart at debian.org
Wed Oct 22 22:37:32 UTC 2008

Package: adduser
Version: 3.110
Severity: minor

The adduser manpage text for --ingroup and --gid are a little confusing.

   --ingroup GROUP
          Add  the new user to GROUP instead of a usergroup or the default
          group defined by USERS_GID  in  the  configuration  file.   This
          affects  the users primary group.  To add additional groups, see
          the add_extra_groups option

   --gid ID
          When  creating a group, this option forces the new groupid to be
          the given number.  When creating a user, this  option  will  put
          the user in that group.

These options do not "Add the new user to GROUP" or "put the user in that
group", they just set the user's initial group. The ingroup one sort of
explains that but in a confusing way, and the gid one is just wrong.


Matt Taggart
taggart at debian.org

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