[Adduser-devel] Bug#679746: Bug#679746: Bug#679746: default --system home directory leads to piuparts RC bugs

Marc Haber mh+debian-bugs at zugschlus.de
Sat Dec 15 12:53:40 UTC 2012

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 07:17:47AM +0000, Stephen Gran wrote:
> This one time, at band camp, Andreas Barth said:
> > Currently, packages become RC-buggy for just adding system users
> > without --no-home and no --home (even if not relying on the
> > directory). I think that - if we read policy as that - then it's
> > better to fail the postinst then to have hidden RC bugs. Explicit RC
> > bugs are always better then well hidden ones. (Of course, all of that
> > for after this cycle.)
> So we're not going to do an MBF, but we're going to make code changes
> so that packages blow up at install time and users do the MBF for us,
> one by one?  How bizarre.  That can't be what you're actually saying.

A first step could be to have adduser --system spew a warning in this
case. Maintainers should notice that when testing packages before
upload. Additionally, there could be a lintian check for that.

This course of action has numerous precedences.


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