Adduser and /etc/passwd

Lev Lafayette lev at
Wed Aug 15 00:08:44 UTC 2007

I'm adding a user to set up an autoresponder account (the one big gap in
the otherwise excellent instructions at:

Anyway, I run the standard command to establish a user with no home or

adduser --no-create-home --disabled-password --ingroup vacation vacation

but in /etc/passwd there's a...


Now contrary to what /etc/password suggests there is no /home/vacation
directory and there is certainly no way that the vacation user will ever
login to use bash but still....

Lev Lafayette 
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