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From: Mike Gilbert <floppym@g.o>
Subject: Re: RFC: enewuser should force updates to shell and home
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:56:44 -0400
On 6/13/2012 2:32 PM, Ian Stakenvicius wrote:
> On 13/06/12 02:09 PM, Fabian Groffen wrote:
>> On 13-06-2012 12:00:16 -0400, Ian Stakenvicius wrote:
>>> Hey all - I'd like to propose that enewuser forces updates to a
>>> user's home dir and shell whenever it is called, so that if this
>>> changes with new versions of an ebuild it is dealt with
>>> automatically rather than having to modify them in
>>> pkg_postinst/pkg_setup directly.
> 
>> What if some admin purposely changed home or shell for a system
>> account? Would be quite annoying if every update would reset that,
>> wouldn't it?
> 
> 
> 
> 
> I considered this case, and that it might be more appropriate to
> duplicate 'enewuser' into a new call 'eforceuser' (or similar) which
> could be used instead of 'enewuser' in cases when the currently
> provided user settings should be forced.
> 
> I decided against this as it seems also to make sense that users
> created by portage should be controlled by portage.
> 
> I suppose probably the best means of handling this would be to somehow
> detect whether or not the current user settings are default and only
> apply the updates if they are; however a means of doing that (which
> would be transparent to the ebuild) is somewhat beyond my knowledge
> and abilities.
> 

Just a thought: You could introduce a variable that would disable the
forced updates. This could be set in make.conf by any users who prefer
not to have their passwd database updated automatically.

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