[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#779018: passwd: adding groups to a user with usermod: not possible
bob at proulx.com
Mon Feb 23 18:38:26 UTC 2015
tags 779018 + unreproducible moreinfo
> I have some problems with usermod. The options -a returns the help
> screen, while it should append to the groups the user is belongs
> to. All other options work fine.
Thank you for report. However I cannot reproduce the problem. It
works fine for me.
# id testuser
uid=1002(testuser) gid=1002(testuser) groups=1002(testuser)
# usermod -a -G testgroup testuser
# id testuser
uid=1002(testuser) gid=1002(testuser) groups=1002(testuser)1011(testgroup)
Unfortunately you did not include a test case showing exactly what you
did. Please when submitting a bug report always include enough
information to reproduce the problem. This includes the exact command
line you used. I suspect that you are missing this part from the manual.
Add the user to the supplementary group(s). Use only with the -G option.
Are you using -a with -G? If not then that will produce an option
error which will emit the online option help output.
> I don't know how long this problem exists, because I also use a
> different route to change group membership. Since this is the
> prefered way, it is important it is resolved.
I personally recommend using "useradd" to add users to groups. The
# adduser username groupname
> I don't know where this problem is introduced, if it is upstream or
> in Debian's sources.
Since I could not reproduce the problem I marked this as
unreproducable and moreinfo needed. If you have a test case that
reproduces the problem please tell us exactly what command line you
Thank you for helping to make Debian better.
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