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

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Mon Jun 12 09:41:00 UTC 2006

> 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

Tomasz, do you think it could be OK for you to add a reference to
/etc/login.defs in the warning message about deprecated options in
that file ?

> 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.

Hmmm, I'm not sure it would as /etc/login.defs is a configuration
file. Actually, that file will be replaced silently is it has never
been changed by the local admin....so the problem will disappear. But,
if the file has been changed, it will never be replaced and then
updating it is left to the local admin.

So, part from the warning message wording change, I'm not sure we can
do much more.

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