Re: Is there an opposite to adduser?
On Wed, 30 Apr 1997, Dirk Herr-Hoyman wrote:
> If you look at /usr/sbin/deluser directly, you'll see it's a Perl script.
> A quickly hack too, judging both on the comments and on the functionality.
> I just went thru the exercise of setting up a Debian based server for a
> community network, and I ended up modifying both adduser and deluser (and
> delgroup) for our purposes. Is is just me, or is it really the case that
> no Unix has decent tools for administering user accounts :-), I've pretty
> much had to do this on every Unix system I've touched over the years ...
> but now I'm straying :-)
Well, what exactly do you want a deluser command to do? If you accidently
create a new account and get it wrong, there may be a case for deleting it
and starting over. But once a user has been on a system for a while, is it
really sensible to remove them /without trace/.
In particular, do you remove all their files. If you do, what about other
people's dependencies on them. If you don't, then you really need to leave
a trace of the deleted user. Otherwise you might reissue their UID number
and someone will inherit those files.
> So, just like Debian has put forth a great deal of effort in the dpkg, and
> I take my hat off to it, there ought to be a similar effort put forth for
> user account administration. My question here, is whether there is such an
> effort under way?
It would be interesting to hear what you think ought to be contained
therein (and what sort of modifications you had to make for your own
David Wright, Open University, Earth Science Department, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
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