[Adduser-devel] Bug#535857: adduser: --backup-to silently ignored without --backup

Joerg Hoh joerg at joerghoh.de
Sun Jul 5 18:36:59 UTC 2009

severity 535857 normal

On Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 04:53:10PM +0100, Zak Wilcox wrote:
> When you delete a user and want to create a backup of their home directory
> in a specific place, a read of the manpage could easily fool you into
> thinking that the following would do the trick:
>   deluser --remove-home --backup-to /root/deleted-users/ joe
> What this actually does is remove joe's home directory without making any
> backup or confirming the deletion.  By the time you realise this the contents
> of joe's home directory are gone for good.  I found this out the hard way.
>  * --backup-to should (verbosely) imply --backup, or
>  * --backup-to should loudly refuse to act without --backup
> and the man page needs updating.

Thanks for catchting, there is a missing conistency check.

We will make --backup-to imply --backup, but without any output. The
manpage will updated accordingly.

The fix is committed to the repository and will be included in the next


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