[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#572687: slightly confusing comment in login.defs

Joey Hess joeyh at debian.org
Fri Mar 5 17:39:46 UTC 2010

Package: login
Version: 1:
Severity: minor

# This enables userdel to remove user groups if no members exist.
# Other former uses of this variable such as setting the umask when
# user==primary group are not used in PAM environments, thus in Debian

So, two problems with this. First, it doesn't mention that it also controls
whether useradd puts users in usergroups by default, although useradd's man
page says it does.

Second, the "are not used in PAM environments, thus in Debian" reads rather
like the sentance got cut off in the middle, and the "thus" is used
in a slightly strange way; I would expect "thus not in Debian". But that
is also clumsy, so instead, I suggest:
"are not used in PAM environments, such as Debian."

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.31-1-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages login depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.10.2-5   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libpam-modules                1.1.1-2    Pluggable Authentication Modules f
ii  libpam-runtime                1.1.1-2    Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii  libpam0g                      1.1.1-2    Pluggable Authentication Modules l

login recommends no packages.

login suggests no packages.

-- debconf-show failed

see shy jo
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