[Piuparts-devel] Bug#660896: piuparts: should report modifications of /etc/{passwd, shadow, group}

Andreas Beckmann debian at abeckmann.de
Wed Feb 22 18:02:45 UTC 2012

Package: piuparts
Version: 0.43
Severity: wishlist

piuparts should report modifications to /etc/{passwd,shadow,group}.
This should not be a warning/error of any kind because consensus seems
to be that users should not be removed on purge.

Just report (in a diff like format) the modifications, note that the
files might be reordered without changing functionality, so no report
for such a change of order.

That way we have in the logfile afterwards an "adduser" footprint of the
packages tested.

The contests of these files can easily be added to the chroot_state :-)

It might also be interesting to see, whether there are differences
between passwd/group state after the installation and after purge.


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