Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 236516
--skel option appears to not actually work
Last modified: 2009-01-09 02:06:04 EST
Description of problem:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. login as root
2. mkdir /tmp/testdir
3. adduser -k /tmp/testdir testuser
usage info, including the syntax which I used
that it would work
I tried about 8 combinations, using 'adduser', 'useradd', an = on the argument,
Maybe I'm just the first person to have every tried to use this feature in a
Oh, and the URL in the specfile gives me a 403
The -k option is only valid in conjunction with the -m option.
According to comment #1, this is my communication with upstream:
> Hi Tomasz,
> I just want to ask you, if shadow-utils upstream is still alive. I
> haven't seen much activity on mailing-list and URL's in README are not
> found anymore.
It's still alive but I have no time in next few days for completting move all
resources to new loacation. It will be probably avalaible on shadow.webd.pl in
next few days.
I'll admit I felt a bit stupid that I hadn't read that part of the manpage.
Though I'm reopening this bug because the manpage is wrong when it says
-k option is only valid in conjunction with the -m option. The
default is to not create the directory and to not copy any files."
On FC6, the default behaviour is to create the directory and copy the files from
/etc/skel, which is why I had no intuition that the -m option was needed for the
behavior I was aiming for.
Either the manpage or default behavior should be changed so the documentation is
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I suspect nothing has changed, though I'm employed now, and don't have time to
pursue this. At the very least, on F8 the manpage is a bit weird, in that the
-k option is only mentioned under the -m section, and there not in a completely
unambiguous way (i.e. nowhere is it explained how to specify SKEL_DIR).
could you try:
I have changed man page to:
The user´s home directory will be created if it does not exist. The
default is to create the directory and to copy files from /etc/skel into
it. This behavior is set by CREATE_HOME directive in /etc/login.defs by
-k, --skel SKEL_DIR
The files contained in SKEL_DIR will be copied to the home directory
if the -k option is used, otherwise the files contained in /etc/skel
will be used instead. Any directories contained in SKEL_DIR or /etc/skel
will be created in the user´s home directory as well.
-k doesn't require -m anymore, if it's OK for you, I'll commit it.
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