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Replace pwdutils with shadow utilities

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The pwdutils are from a time where the shadow utilities did not had a maintainer and the patches every Linux distribution had were longer then the whole source code.

Meanwhile the upstream project is active again and most patches where accepted. Thus we should switch to the shadow project to get all the advantages (for example acl,extended attributes,selinux support).


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icons/user_comment.png A. J. wrote: (4 years ago)

I agree, let's do this.

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (4 years ago)

Also, the meaning of -m is reversed between pwdutils and shadow-utils. Switching to shadow-utils would certainly confuse lots of scripts and existing practices.

pwdutils-useradd -mk /var/lib/empty
shadow-utils-useradd -k /var/lib/empty

icons/user_comment.png T. K. wrote: (4 years ago)

Where is the meaning of -m reversed? According to the manual pages and my testing, it is the same.

icons/user_comment.png C. H. wrote: (3 years ago)

This change broke the audit-test (
http://sourceforge.net/projects/audit-test/ ) due to missing --stdin switch for passwd. And there may be other scripts that make use of it.

icons/user_comment.png A. M. wrote: (2 years ago)

I am not happy with this decision.
1. pwdutils has the ability to change shell and gecos via NIS. (chsh, chfn)
The programs from the shadow package can't do this.
In principal, the programs from yp-utils could be replacemant for this feature, but in the default setup the claim to be "deprecated" and call programs from the shadow-package.

2. The "-p" option for useradd, usermod, userdel was very nice in pwdutils.
shadow doesn't have this option.

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