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Re: Bits from the release team: the plans for etch

On Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:13:18 +0200, Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
<jfs@computer.org> wrote:
>On Sun, Oct 23, 2005 at 11:32:45PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2005 at 08:13:12AM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
>> > If so, we need an adduser interface which properly handles LDAP and
>> > NIS. This is something that our current adduser does not do, and the
>> > corresponding bugs are open for many years.
>I guess you mean  #110516, #143432, #294579 and (maybe) #61210 and #134473.

I am currently offline and cannot call up the bugs. But I am refering
to the bugs usertagged nis-interaction and ldap-interaction for user

>Correct, as described at http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-opersys.html#s9.2
>I opened up #291177 a while back, and asked for someone to write code others
>could reuse when doing that (that code could later on become a 'dh_user'
>debhelper tool). I ended up doing that this weekend:

Actually, I planned to do that two years ago, found myself ending up
with recoding most of the checks that adduser already does and finally
adapted adduser itself so that it can be used without special stuff in
postinst. Actually, that's how I became involved with adduser in the
first place. Most of my packages now use simple adduser calls.

Which things would your dh_user do more than adduser does currently?

>If someone (Marc?) wants to review the sample code and enhance it to cover
>NIS/LDAP maybe then it could serve as a sample both for packages that need to
>create dynamic users in the future and to ask maintainers of packages doing
>that to replace their code with the one above.

I do not have any NIS and/or LDAP knowledge, and adduser does
everything that _I_ need for my packages. Considering that no wishlist
bugs came up regarding more functions for creating system users, other
maintainers think so as well.


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