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Old 08-29-2009
home directories not being created by useradd

greetings. I'm using debian lenny, bash shell environment.

It is my understanding that by default, the useradd command should create subdirectories under the /home directory, with the same name as the user being created, but this is not happening.

I checked useradd -D and it showed, among other things


I even tried to override the default by doing useradd -d /home/bob bob but still no directory was created.

During the debian install, i was prompted to create a user, and a home directory was created, but not now.

I checked the configuration file /etc/default/useradd and all the lines were comments except SHELL = /bin/sh, but I figured that shouldn't be a problem because useradd -D showed the correct defaults.

p.s. I am logged in as root.
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Old 08-29-2009
Try looking up the "-m" switch in "man useradd".
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Old 08-29-2009
Well that solves that one. The tutorial I was reading made no mention of -m. I looked at man, but stopped when I "thought" I had the answer.

I guess the moral of the story is, it pays to look over the whole man page, even when you think you have already found what you need to know.

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