Bug 143734 - Create New User does not preserve existing Home Directory setting
Summary: Create New User does not preserve existing Home Directory setting
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-users
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nils Philippsen
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Reported: 2004-12-26 04:36 UTC by Jerry Amundson
Modified: 2008-08-14 15:32 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: system-config-users-1.2.79-1.fc9.noarch
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-08-14 15:32:03 UTC
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Description Jerry Amundson 2004-12-26 04:36:51 UTC
Description of problem: 
After an install of FC3 which preserved /home, Create New User does 
not preserve Home Directory setting. 
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): 
How reproducible: 
Steps to Reproduce: 
1. Install FC3 
2. Run User Manager 
3. Create New User, but uncheck "Create home directory" 
Actual results: 
Home Directory changes to reflect the User Name being added, but the 
setting in /etc/passwd ends up empty. 
Expected results: 
/etc/passwd should contain the users Home Directory, as it was 
displayed originally. 
Additional info: 
Merry Christmas!

Comment 1 Nils Philippsen 2006-04-05 12:24:57 UTC
Sorry for taking so long to respond (ashes on my head and all that).

Hm, I'm not quite sure about your problem though I am sure that it would still
exist in FC5, as I haven't changed anything that could have an effect on that in

Let me see whether I understand your issue:

- You had /home on a separate partition/volume
- You installed anew, preserving /home and e.g. /home/user with its contents
- You added e.g. the user "user", unchecking "Create home directory"
- The home directory changes (? -- how, /home/user already existed?!)
- /etc/passwd doesn't contain a home directory

Please explain ;-).

Comment 2 Jerry Amundson 2006-06-30 18:53:52 UTC
Add User, then Delete (but *uncheck* the Delete mail, homedir... box).
Now, Add User, but uncheck the box to Create home directory, the Directory 
field remains intact (implying that it's being set), but the /etc/passwd 
record is useless with no homedir:
luser:x:501:501:Local User::/bin/bash

Bottom line : Even if Create is unchecked, set it in /etc/passwd to the 

Comment 3 petrosyan 2008-03-10 05:40:22 UTC
Fedora Core 5 is no longer maintained. Is this bug still present in Fedora 8?

Comment 4 lexual 2008-03-18 11:25:23 UTC
Can confirm for F8

Comment 5 Nils Philippsen 2008-08-14 15:32:03 UTC
I've just checked this with system-config-users-1.2.79-1.fc9.noarch in F9, there the home directory is set appropriately.

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