/etc/skel doesn't work?!

Arthur Chance freebsd at qeng-ho.org
Tue Mar 7 12:25:07 UTC 2017

On 07/03/2017 12:12, Baho Utot wrote:
> On 03/06/17 16:40, Polytropon wrote:
>> On Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:51:25 +0200, Chris Knipe wrote:
>>> Just out of interest...
>>> Is there any reason why /etc/skel IS there then?  Other than to create
>>> confusion of course.
>> I think /etc/skel is intended for user-supplied files in the
>> first place when overriding system-supplied files in /usr/share/skel
>> is intended (by changing the default location for tools like pw
>> and adduser). It's also a Linuxism. :-)
> That would be all well and good, but /etc/skel just doesn't work

Nowhere is it documented to work. man adding_user, man pw.conf and man
adduser all document /usr/share/skel as the relevant directory.

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