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Re: [RFC] adding system users: which is the best way??

On Sat, 29 Nov 2003 17:21:06 +0100 (CET)
Fabio Massimo Di Nitto <fabbione@fabbione.net> wrote:
> Peter noticed that some packages just add a user without asking the admin,
> but we personally believe that the admin should be asked in advance for
> which username will be added to the system, to avoid possible name
> clashes.

If they use adduser, it will abort with an error if a user with the
given name already exists. If such happens, I wouldn't mind a debconf
prompt asking me if I'd prefer using a different username. However, the
trend is to make daemons run under their very own UID - I don't want to
get asked for usernames a dozen times during the installation. Thus, I'd
suggest, "ask if the user already exists, otherwise proceed

That should be easy to implement, as well.

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