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Old 12-14-2009, 03:17 PM
Default emerge --root : users not created

Hi everyone,

I posted this on gentoo-user initially, but someone answered and advised to post this to embedded :

I wanted to submit this as a bug on bugzilla, but I must be sure there is nothing that I miss.

Let's say I have a /target dir.
I do 'emerge --root=/target <someport>' (cross-emerge), and that
<someport> is supposed to create users (like vixie-cron, clamav
or many others), users are not created on /target. I can verify that by
chrooting on /target and making something that requires this user (such
as launching clamd for clamav), or simply by looking at
/target/etc/passwd to see that there's no expected users.

Am I missing somethings or is this really a bug ?

Here is "Willie Wong" answer :

If you don't get a better answer here, you should ask the embedded

group. But I think it maybe a bug:

Looking at eutils.eclass, in function enewuser, it explicitly checks

for whether the shell specified is available in ${ROOT}, but when it

comes time to create the actual user, it calls the system useradd,

which I think will add the user to /etc, and not ${ROOT}/etc...

Though, I cannot right now think of how to actually change it so that

it will create the appropriate accounts in a modified ${ROOT}. AFAIK

useradd does not support this. It may require re-implementing useradd

in portage? Which will just be silly.

Perhaps ${ROOT} is not designed to be used the way you intend to use

it? It looks like you are building embedded or cross-compiled, right?

Maybe a work-around is to do everything in a CHROOT?

Anyway, ask gentoo-embedded to see if there's any work arounds, and

maybe ask gentoo-dev to clarify on what $ROOT is used for?

Thanks in advance.
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