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Re: package adding users

On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 03:45:46PM +0200, Francesco P. Lovergine wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 09:18:20AM -0400, Erik Bourget wrote:
> > What's the best/accepted way to have a package add users to a Debian system?
> > I have a daemon that has no need to run as root (but a need to store its own
> > datafiles, etc, so nobody is out) and would like to have it run under a user
> > account.  Gerrit Pape's qmail package does an ugly
> > hit-control-c-if-you-don't-want-these-users thing that I don't like.
> Use useradd. Generally you could also use debconf to ask confirmation/usernames
> for that, but it's not mandatory.

adduser is the correct tool.  See policy 9.2.2.

I do not think that useradd follows, e.g., the uid allocation guidelines in
that section, and adduser's semantics are more convenient for maintainer
scripts as well.

 - mdz

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