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Allow to take over old users by home directory

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(from bug reporter:)

I have a seperate /home partition and whenever I reinstall/upgrade I just set
up the same user as before and he gets assigned the same uid (1000) so nothing
gets broken.

But I guess with more users and corresponding home directories this aproach
begs for wrong permissions, so I suggest the following:

In case /home isn't empty it could take all directories available and list them
as users to specify their data (Name, login, passwort etc as usual) and then
assign corresponding uid.




icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (9 years ago)

>whenever I reinstall

Hm, that's something we used to do in the Windows days only...

That said, import-from-homedirs needs to be done carefully (read: an opt-in option), as one may very well want to use an LDAP server instead later in the system configuration.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

Why can't the passwd(5) and group(5) be saved as part of the install into the new /var, and undefined UID & GIDs then be offered?  If the disk was wiped, simply copying backup of old file should suffice to prime this optional feature.

There's more orginal info, than just the $USER, UID, GID info present from naively scanning /home.

icons/user_comment.png M. A. wrote: (8 years ago)

If this can be achieved securely, reliably and without creating a burden then I would very much like to see it.  However I can see problems arising from various configuration files from a previous installation hanging around and fouling up the operation of a newly installed system by refering to files not found in a restructured system directory.

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