Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 416421
Error adding user with existing home directory
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:27:13 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):
Steps to Reproduce:
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.
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
*** Bug 423491 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
fixed in system-config-users-1.2.74 in Rawhide
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