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Bug 1734489 - RFE: systemd-tmpfiles does not allow specifiers in user/group fields
Summary: RFE: systemd-tmpfiles does not allow specifiers in user/group fields
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: systemd
Version: 30
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: systemd-maint
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2019-07-30 17:06 UTC by Frank Ansari
Modified: 2020-05-26 18:39 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2020-05-26 18:39:56 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Frank Ansari 2019-07-30 17:06:42 UTC
Description of problem:
I create a config file for systemd-tmpfiles and place it here:


Now I put in this line in the file

d /run/user/%U/podman 700 %u %u

and run

systemctl enable --user systemd-tmpfiles-setup

After rebooting my PC I find that this is not working. No file has been created.

When I write it like this it works:

d /run/user/%U/podman 700 fansari fansari

According to this documentation:


I expected %u to be resolved as user name.

The weird thing is: %U is not an issue. This is working.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
see above

Steps to Reproduce:

Actual results:
The tmpfile is not created using the %u specifier

Expected results:
The tmpfile should be created using specifiers.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Zbigniew Jędrzejewski-Szmek 2019-11-22 13:10:43 UTC
Specifier expansion is not supported in the user/group fields. We could enable
that, but I don't think it'll be very useful.

You can just use "-", it'll have the same effect.

Comment 2 Ben Cotton 2020-04-30 20:13:43 UTC
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Fedora will stop maintaining and issuing updates for Fedora 30 on 2020-05-26.
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Comment 3 Ben Cotton 2020-05-26 18:39:56 UTC
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