Bug 53532 - RFE: 'Basic' /etc/passwd causes 'pwck' errors
Summary: RFE: 'Basic' /etc/passwd causes 'pwck' errors
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: setup   
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Version: 1.0
Hardware: All Linux
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Assignee: Bill Nottingham
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Keywords: FutureFeature
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Reported: 2001-09-11 00:40 UTC by R P Herrold
Modified: 2014-03-17 02:23 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-01-24 06:30:07 UTC
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Description R P Herrold 2001-09-11 00:40:15 UTC
Description of Problem:

pwck is designed to 'preen' errors out of /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, 
/etc/groups. and /etc/gshadow, nefore running pwconv and so forth.  There 
is an explicit admonitionto run pwch before using pwconv, to avoid various 

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

error is through setup-2.4.7-1

How Reproducible:

[root@cronos iso]# rpm -q shadow-utils ;  pwck    
user adm: directory /var/adm does not exist
user news: directory /var/spool/news does not exist
user uucp: directory /var/spool/uucp does not exist
user gopher: directory /usr/lib/gopher-data does not exist
user gdm: directory /home/gdm does not exist
pwck: no changes
[root@cronos iso]# 

Steps to Reproduce:

As above

Actual Results:

As above

Expected Results:

Silent output (if a *nix command runs without error, it is by 
expectiation, silent)

Additional Information:

[Solution discussion]
This implies that the SETUP package has to 'own' the 'home directories,' 
of the userid's which it considers important enough to install ... If a 
given userid is important enough to pre-seed into 'setup', this is proper 

Alternatiely, the userid list at:


might be moved to /etc or to /etc/sysconfig [a better approach], and thus 
be formally available for consultation when a SPEC file calls for a 
adduser or useradd ...

This would also enhance consistency ...

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2002-03-11 06:03:35 UTC
news, adm, and gopher are all legacy.

gdm is fixed.

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