adding NIS users and create homedir
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Mon Aug 18 05:28:07 PDT 2003
On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 01:01:39PM +0200, Antoine Jacoutot wrote:
> Hi !
> I'm trying to add NIS users using the following command:
> pw -V /var/yp/src/nisdomain useradd -n username -u 15001,20000 -i 15001,20000
> -w no -c "Real Name" -d /home/username -m -s /bin/sh
> It works well except that the user's home directory does not get created :(
> Where did I do wrong ?
You didn't do anything wrong. The code is deliberately written so
that if you give the '-V' flag to pw(8), certain actions like creating
a user's home directory are not carried out. This, I guess, is a
security measure, but I don't really understand it myself: pw(8)
doesn't run with any sort of raised permissions, so you have to run it
as a user with sufficient permissions to do the required actions by
Personally, when this was a concern for me, I wrote a wrapper script
that created the account and then built the home directory.
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks
PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow
Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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