[Adduser-devel] Bug#243929: Probably not the right place for this

Marc Haber mh+debian-bugs at zugschlus.de
Sat Apr 9 08:57:56 UTC 2011

On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 01:20:34PM +0000, Stephen Gran wrote:
>tags #243929 wontfix

This is really sad news, as this feature would really be useful.

> You need to be
> looking at directory services of some type (ldap/nis/etc).  If a user is
> in your directory service, adduser won't add another user of the same
> name locally.

A directory service is fine if all machines are near each other, are
under the same organization's control and have a reliable network
connection to a central point.

However, this is not always the case. For example, I am providing
sysadmin services to a variety of organizations, some of them even
fiercely competing each other. While I try to have all my boxes
looking similiarly (which includes "fixed" UIDs for package-based and
other accounts), most of my customers would vigorously complain if I
tried to put the machines I admin for them under a directory service
that also provides these services to boxes run by their direct

It would be a very nice thing to be able to pre-allocate UIDs on all
of "my" machines to guarantee that accounts created even by my
co-admins have the same UID on all boxes. Christophs patch does the
job just nicely, and it does so without adding the additional
complexity of a directory service.

The patch is vastly useful. Please reconsider your decision.


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