[arch-general] New users not automatically added to 'users' group if -g default group specified?

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Wed Dec 4 10:16:46 EST 2013


  In the past with arch installs, new users have always been added to the
'users' group. Now that is not being done. If I recall correctly, I have always
specified that users are members of a group with the same name as the user by
manually creating the group and using the useradd -g <group> option. This was
done to keep UID and GID numbers the same across multiple boxes. On older
installs all users were made part of the users group:

(July 2011 install)

[08:31 nirvana:/etc/httpd/conf] # grep users /etc/group

(New install)

[08:45 phoinix:/etc] # grep users /etc/group

  Is this expected behavior, or has something gone wrong with the install? I ask
because https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cron#Users_and_autostart suggest
that all users should already be members of the 'users' group. I don't mind
manually adding the users, but if this is a bug, I'll report it.

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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