Bug 416421 - Error adding user with existing home directory
Error adding user with existing home directory
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-users (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nils Philippsen
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 423491 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2007-12-08 04:58 EST by Pedro
Modified: 2009-01-09 00:27 EST (History)
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Description Pedro 2007-12-08 04:58:25 EST
Description of problem:
The error appears in "system-config-users" when adding a new user for whom we
want to assign a home directory which already exists.  I.e., I have a /home
partition with some users from my previous linux installation.  Then I wipe
/usr, / and /var,  and install a brand new FC8.   Then I re-create my users with
system-config-users, and I specify the UID and GID manually to match those in
/home.   When "add"ing a new user, i specify the username, the password, and I
do not check the "create home directory" box,  but I do specify the home
directory (because it exists already), as "/home/user"
I also check "create private group", and manually set the UID and GID.

The result is:
 -  private group is created with requested GID
 -  user is created with requested UID
 -  user is created WITHOUT a home directory listed in /etc/passwd
 -  the "system-config-users" tool DOES NOT display the new user (in list of
users), but the user does exist in /etc/passwd
 -  the "system-config-users" tool DOES display the new private group

Then I quit system-config-users, and restart it.   This time the new user is
displayed in the list of users, showing an empty home directory.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Version 1.2.72

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
(explained above)
Actual results:
User is created without a home directory specified in /etc/passwd, and the new
user does not appear listed in the list of users of "system-config-users".  
User is created and entered in /etc/passwd.

Expected results:
The home directory indicated in the "add user" dialog should be specified in
/etc/passwd, and the user should appear in the list of users after adding the
new user.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Nils Philippsen 2007-12-13 10:07:33 EST
*** Bug 423491 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 2 Nils Philippsen 2007-12-27 08:48:45 EST
fixed in system-config-users-1.2.74 in Rawhide
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