Bug#372280: [Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#372280: adduser fails: "configuration error - unknown item"

Ian Bruce ian_bruce at fastmail.fm
Mon Jun 12 07:34:37 UTC 2006

On Fri, 9 Jun 2006 22:30:48 +0200
Christian Perrier <bubulle at debian.org> wrote:

> And each time such "bug" has been reported to login/passwd, it has
> been immediately closed as "feature not bug".
> This message is a warning about deprecated options in /etc/login.defs
> and is perfectly intended.
> So, actually, users should do what's adviced: warn the system
> administrator so that s/he fixes the deprecacted options in login.defs

That would be a lot easier if the error message actually referenced
/etc/login.defs . As it is now, there is absolutely no indication of
where these parameters may be found, so if you don't already know,
you're out of luck.

As for fixing the deprecated options, they're included in the version
of login from the current stable archive. If the already existing
version dependency in newer versions of passwd were updated to reflect
this, the whole problem would just go away.

-- Ian Bruce
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