Bug 176035

Summary: kadmin should have more fine-grained exit codes
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: W. Michael Petullo <redhat>
Component: krb5Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin>
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Description W. Michael Petullo 2005-12-17 19:39:41 EST
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Description of problem:
I am trying to write a shell script that does something if a Kerberos principal exists.  However, kadmin makes it difficult to check if a principal exists.  "kadmin -q 'getprinc foo'" exits with a code of "0" whether or not the principal exists.

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Steps to Reproduce:
[root@golem scripts]# kadmin.local -q "getprinc foo"
Authenticating as principal mike/admin@FLYN.ORG with password.
get_principal: Principal does not exist while retrieving "foo@FLYN.ORG".
[root@golem scripts]# echo $?

Actual Results:  Exit status is always 0.

Expected Results:  I think the program should exist with a non-zero status code if a queried principal does not exist.

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Comment 1 W. Michael Petullo 2005-12-29 09:25:26 EST
After looking at the kadmin code, this does not seem to be as simple to 
implement as I thought it would be.  However, I think this may still be a 
worthwhile feature.  The bottom line is that it seems difficult to execute 
kerberos commands from a shell script and determine if they succeed or fail.