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Re: adduser problem

On Sunday 10 October 2004 09:45 pm, Jim Hall wrote:
> Greetings,
> I volunteer in my church's computer lab (hence my email name) and
> advocate Linux where and whenever possible. We have a sarge system as a
> test system. A very knowledgeable Debian expert (call him Buddy) helped
> me set it up. I started getting used to it, especially apt, because I've
> been using RedHat since I started using Linux.
> About a year ago, my local LUG set up a small weekly newspaper with
> Linux. The workstations are dual boot W98/RedHat 7.3 (don't ask, long
> story), the server is Debian (named debbie). Buddy set it up. He is
> very, very good, but had to do some customization (maybe a lot). After
> doing updates, upgrades, and dist-upgrades on the lab test system with
> no apparent ill effects, I thought it was time to do the same to the
> newspapers server. In the process I broke 'adduser'. So far, the
> solution appears to involve LDAP. None of us seems to have much
> experience with that. Buddy has since moved and isn't responding to emails.
> The newspaper has been working on a series of articles about the
> switchover from Windoze to Linux. Right now they're not very happy with
> Debian. Is there anyone who offers paid, secure support for Debian?
> Donation to the Debian project is also acceptable. Remote access can be
> provided.
> I don't know if this is the correct thing to do, but I'm totally lost
> and don't know what else to do. I haven't included any specifics because
> I don't know what would be needed or if this list is the right place to
> post this request.
> Thanks,
> Jim


There is a Debian package call cpu which can do adduser type of operations 
using a LDAP backend.

Check out apt-cache show cpu.

For example to add a user to a LDAP system, you can do something like this as 
superuser (root):

 #> cpu-useradd testuser


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