[Adduser-devel] Bug#516285: It seems to accept anything for 'yes'

Enrico Zini enrico at debian.org
Fri Feb 20 12:16:02 UTC 2009

Package: adduser
Version: 3.110
Severity: minor


thanks for maintaining adduser.

I was quite surprised when I was creating a test user and I got this:

pico:/# adduser enrico
Adding user `enrico' ...
Adding new group `enrico' (1000) ...
Adding new user `enrico' (1000) with group `enrico' ...
The home directory `/home/enrico' already exists.  Not copying from `/etc/skel'.
adduser: Warning: The home directory `/home/enrico' does not belong to the user you are currently creating.
Enter new UNIX password: 
Retype new UNIX password: 
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for enrico
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
        Full Name []: p
        Room Number []: p
        Work Phone []: p
        Home Phone []: p
        Other []: p
Is the information correct? [Y/n] p
pico:/# adduser enrico
adduser: The user `enrico' already exists.

Apparently, it was happy to take 'p' for a yes.



-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages adduser depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         1.5.24     Debian configuration management sy
ii  passwd                        1:4.1.1-6  change and administer password and
ii  perl-base                     5.10.0-19  minimal Perl system

adduser recommends no packages.

Versions of packages adduser suggests:
ii  liblocale-gettext-perl        1.05-4     Using libc functions for internati
ii  perl-modules                  5.10.0-19  Core Perl modules

-- debconf information:
  adduser/homedir-permission: true

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