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Bug#621833: System users: removing them

sean finney <seanius@seanius.net> writes:

> I was always given the impression that adduser and friends "wanted" to
> be able to handle non-local accounts, but nobody had ever extended it to
> do so?  So I think it's a bit shaky to make that assumption.

> But if we specifically limit the scope for users/groups being locked to
> "only if they're in /etc/passwd,/etc/group" then yes I think that the
> recommendation makes sense.  But then we probably ought to also have
> some boilerplate examples of exactly how it should be done.

If that's really a future intention, maybe add a no-op --local flag to
adduser that says not to do that, should it ever have been added?

> On that note, I just read over 9.2 and see we don't have anything about
> the right behavior for adding users/groups there either, and you have
> similar problems along those lines.  Actually it seems that 9.2 as a
> whole could use a bit of a facelift :)


Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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