[oi-dev] Ideas about fixing useradd -m

Alexander Pyhalov alp at rsu.ru
Thu Jul 28 07:04:22 UTC 2016


There is an old issue (https://www.illumos.org/issues/263):
useradd -m tries to create home directory under /home, but /home is 
auto-mounted from /export/home.

For useradd -m to work, you should specify useradd -m -b /export/home 
..., but users created in such way are not equivalent to initial user, 
which we get on install, as for them mapping in /etc/auto_home is not 

OI /dev had several patches to fix this:

(263 useradd is unable to create home directory)

( 288 New homedirs should have auto_home entries)

I think that these patches are too specific to be accepted in illumos-gate.
What can we do with it? Perhaps we just remove all auto_home magic by 
default and create home directories under /export/home ?

We also could set something like
*    localhost:/export/home/&
in /etc/auto_home, but IIRC this leads to the following : if you try to 
access /home/bar you'll receive irritating error messages on console 
about missing /export/home/bar.

Best regards,
Alexander Pyhalov,
system administrator of Southern Federal University IT department

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