Description of problem:
If an administrator adds a new user for whom a partition already exists, that partition is not automatically mounted. For instance, imagine there is a partition called /home/fredsmith containing Fred's data in Fedora 10.
A clean installation of Fedora 11 is added to the computer (/home/fredsmith is not altered or reformatted.)
Post-installation, the root user launches system-config-user and recreates account for fredsmith. In previous releases, user would be prompted that subdirectory already exists, even though partition is not yet mounted, and they are asked if that should be used as the person's home directory. This does not occur in Fed 11.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 11 base install (no yum updates.)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 10 with a separate partition for one of the users (/home/fredsmith)
2. Undertake a fresh installation of Fedora 11.
3. Note: Do NOT add Fred Smith as normal user account during Anaconda installation as it DOES actually work properly then.
4. Instead, post-installation, log into GNOME and use "System->Administration->Users and Groups" menu item (that is, "system-config-users" application) to add fredsmith.
User account created but system does not realise that unmounted partition for this user already exists on file system.
Previous release prompted administrator, asking him or her if they wanted to use the existing sub-directory as the home directory for fredsmith.
Just to clarify a little further, since what I wrote this morning was somewhat wordy:
1. From the previous installation of Fedora, a partition with a mount point of /home/fredsmith exists.
2. The old Fedora is "blown away" and the new Fedora freshly installed in its place.
3. Upon logging in, the administrator wishes to create the user "fredsmith."
4. He does so, thus generating /home/fredsmith once more.
5. Previously, the software would realise that this was the old mountpoint for the partition and it would prompt the administrator to use it.
6. Now, in Fed 11, the dialogue box which offers to use the old partition does not launch automatically when the fredsmith account is recreated.
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Sorry for the late response, I dropped that.
Unfortunately my memory of what s-c-users did about that in the past is spotty. I could only have asked to reuse a home directory if it existed in the system, there is no code and never has been (I'm sure about that) in s-c-users that checks unused partitions/volumes.
I'll probably not add code that randomly pokes about unused volumes, but will add the FutureFeature keyword to get at least directory checks into s-c-users (again?).
Thanks Nils. That sounds good.
Thanks for taking the time to submit this request for enhancement.
Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to implement this feature, sorry for
Because I don't actively develop system-config-users anymore, I won't likely
find the time to work on this ticket, so I'll close this bug now.