suggestion for /usr/src/UPDATING

Kenneth Stailey kstailey at
Mon Aug 30 06:45:03 PDT 2004

--- Gleb Smirnoff <glebius at> wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 29, 2004 at 07:10:44AM -0700, Kenneth Stailey wrote:
> K> Can a one-line example of how to invoke adduser to add new accounts like
> K> "proxy" be added to /usr/src/UPDATING?  That way people could just
> K> cut-and-paste the accounts into place when upgrading.
> If you run mergemaster when updating, you can easily merge these lines.
> -- 
> Totus tuus, Glebius.

I know about mergemaster it's just that:

1. /etc/passwd is a critical file and can get hairy on production systems.

2. It's about convenience and safety, why not dispense with adduser, etc and
tell people to just use vipw?

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