Bug 26353 - useradd/adduser doesn't read group id from /etc/default/useradd properly
useradd/adduser doesn't read group id from /etc/default/useradd properly
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: shadow-utils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Vrabec
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-02-06 15:12 EST by Bruce Garlock
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-04-11 07:06:21 EDT
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Description Bruce Garlock 2001-02-06 15:12:31 EST
I have modified my /etc/default/useradd file to change the shell, and gid when adding users.  The shell is changed in /etc/passwd when adding a 
user, but the gid always stays the same as the uid.  I have changed GROUP=700 in /etc/default/useradd, and it always takes the uid when 
adding a user.  Am I missing something else here, or is this a bug?
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2001-11-13 22:23:43 EST
This bug is back for the shadow-utils distributed with redhat 7.2.
Comment 2 Dan Pritts 2002-09-13 18:14:16 EDT
what are the odds of actually FIXING this bug?  It shows up in 7.3. 

the uid = gid behavior isn't even mentioned in theman page, suggesting that this
is a redhat addition to the code.  I suppose this is a nice feature to have but
i don't want to be forced down this road...
Comment 3 Kristofer Danner 2003-10-14 15:34:56 EDT
This is present in 9.0 also, is this ever going to get fixed?
Comment 4 Peter Vrabec 2005-04-11 07:06:21 EDT
GROUP=xxx in /etc/default/useradd:
- useradd creates user with xxx as initial group
- group xxx must exist before u invoke useradd
- use useradd with -n option, otherwise it will create new group for user(Red
Hat    Linux specific behavior). Looking for new gid starts at GID_MIN specified

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