Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 434778
luseradd ignores parameter --interactive
Last modified: 2008-02-25 20:16:01 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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Steps to Reproduce:
1. luseradd --interactive testuser
No prompt for any information.
Prompt for all information.
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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:
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.