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

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Sun Dec 16 19:46:21 UTC 2012


This one time, at band camp, Marc Haber said:
> 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.

Yes, that would be fine, so long as we remove the warning again before
release.  I see no reason to bother users for the next several years
with a message aimed at developers.

Is one of you interested in filing a bug on lintian for the new warning?

|   ,''`.                                            Stephen Gran |
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|  `. `'                        Debian user, admin, and developer |
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