Bug 434778 - luseradd ignores parameter --interactive
luseradd ignores parameter --interactive
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: libuser (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Miloslav Trmač
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Reported: 2008-02-25 08:30 EST by Milos Malik
Modified: 2008-02-25 20:16 EST (History)
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Description Milos Malik 2008-02-25 08:30:26 EST
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Description of problem:
The luseradd utility creates a user account without asking for any information even if command line "--interactive" was given.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. luseradd --interactive testuser

Actual Results:
No prompt for any information.

Expected Results:
Prompt for all information.

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Comment 1 RHEL Product and Program Management 2008-02-25 08:37:24 EST
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Comment 2 Miloslav Trmač 2008-02-25 20:16:01 EST
Thanks for your report.

The behavior is correct, only the --help output is imprecise. --help says:
  -i, --interactive              prompt for all information
but the real meaning of the option is:
       -i, --interactive
              Ask all questions when connecting to the user database, even  if
              default answers are set up in libuser configuration.
Unfortunately the libuser version in RHEL4 has very little documentation.

Thus, -i affects only libuser modules that can ask questions about configuration
- in practice, only the "ldap" module.  It does not mean that luseradd should
ask for information about the account to create interactively.

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