OK i feel stupid about this noob question but....

Alastair G. Hogge agh at tpg.com.au
Sat Jul 10 02:42:07 PDT 2004

On Saturday 10 July 2004 18:52, Jammet wrote:
> I dont know whats wrong with me but for some reason i cant add users to
> my system. I go through the whole bit of adduser -s but it asks "user
> names must match reguilar expressions [regext] "  ...  I dont even
> remember that happening when i use to add users or i might just be going
> insane, anyways i put in regext or the username or something but when i
> finaly get through the other 4 questions on there and get to acually try
> to add the user it says it must follow the expression ... I decided to
> beat my head agenst my desk to see if i could knock something lose,
> anyone wanna help with this? i have added users before ( back when i
> first got everything installed about 2 years ago) and have not really
> needed to since, but now im trying again..
Do you have a /etc/adduser file? Maybe this file is corrupt, try moving it and 
then run adduser again.

If I remember correctly the first run thru of adduser stores some settings on 
how root likes to add users, such as name limitations/expressions. Someone 
might have added an user and changed the "internal" settings or something.

Also try adding a user thru the sysinstall interface.


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