[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#647308: Bug#647308: Bug#647308: passwd: groupmod modifies users, not just groups

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Thu Nov 10 04:46:14 UTC 2011

Quoting Marc Lehmann (schmorp at schmorp.de):

> > > Thats a much bigger change.
> > 
> > I wouldn't call that a "change".
> You called it like that in your previous mail, of course.


This mail is the first I sent in this bug report..:-)

> > AFAIK, this has always been groupmod's behaviour.
> Your way of arguing is a bit disingenious - we are not debating the many
> uses of the word change - I used "change" in the meaning you used it in
> your first mail (user-visible changes caused by existing behaviour) and that was cetrainly correct, now you redefine it to mean
> something else (changes in the behaviour of groupmod itself).
> *Obviously* changing the way groupmod works is a bigger change than not
> doing anything. Are you really arguing for that?
> This leads to nowhere and is a bit unfair.

No idea what you're talking about....except that you're obviously
confusing people, in this case Nicolas François and me. For sure, both
of us have an horrible French accent (and are part of shadow
maitnenance...though Nicolas is clearly the one maintaining the code),
but that shouldn't appear in our mails..:-)

In the mail you're answering to, I was trying to summarize my
understanding of the issue and propose a way to bring a solution to
the problem you're facing....without changing the default behaviour of
groupmod. I see this as a quite fair proposal. The point is not
denying your concerns, but more addressing them without creating other problems.

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