[Adduser-devel] Bug#499105: Bug#499105: after adduser <foo> <group>, the user root has no groups

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Tue Sep 16 13:20:51 UTC 2008

This one time, at band camp, root said:
> i use SSH on my hosts with the feature to limit login to a special group.
> So to login as root to a host, root has to be member of a group e.g. sshers
> adduser has the "feature" to lose all groups of root, after adding some other user 
> to a random group.
> this is really grave.
> 	- it makes backup scripts not working anymore
> 	- it may deny access to the machine
> if this _is_ a feature, a warning of "dropping" groups would be nice.

The code has changed in later versions - can you pull the version in
Lenny and test again?

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