[Adduser-devel] Bug#515909: Bug#515909: despite man page claims, a warning is not shown.

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Wed Feb 18 21:01:45 UTC 2009

This one time, at band camp, shaul Karl said:
> man page claims:
>        If called with one non-option  argument  and  the  --system  
>        option, adduser will add a system user. If a user with the same 
>        name already exists in the system uid range (or, if the uid is  
>        specified,  if  a user  with  that uid already exists), adduser 
>        will exit with a warning.
>     and
>     --quiet
>        Suppress  informational  messages,  only  show  warnings  and
>        errors.
> However this doesn't work for me. I do have an ftp user:
> # adduser --quiet --system ftp

Hmm.  It's always been my understanding that that is precisely the way
that we encourage maintainer scripts to invoke adduser, and it's not an
error to invoke it with the same set of parameters a second time.  It
sounds like the docs are wrong, rather than the code, but does anyone
else disagree?

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