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Date:      Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:49:19 -0500
From:      Baho Utot <baho-utot@columbus.rr.com>
To:        Arthur Chance <freebsd@qeng-ho.org>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: /etc/skel doesn't work?!
Message-ID:  <ee216e70-5fc4-bac1-68ac-aea9ca737c35@columbus.rr.com>
In-Reply-To: <81c0f90c-eb5b-4796-a0c7-cf906a0e549c@qeng-ho.org>
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On 03/07/17 09:14, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 07/03/2017 12:33, Baho Utot wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 03/07/17 07:23, Arthur Chance wrote:
>>> On 07/03/2017 12:12, Baho Utot wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>
> [snip]
>
>>>> That would be all well and good, but /etc/skel just doesn't work
>>>
>>> Nowhere is it documented to work. man adding_user, man pw.conf and man
>>> adduser all document /usr/share/skel as the relevant directory.
>>>
>>> FreeBSD is not Linux, and RTFM is always sound advice.
>>>
>>
>> Then why is /etc/skel there
>
> Good question. The proximate cause is the entry in
> /etc/mtree/BSD.root.dist but that doesn't explain the rationale.
>
> A quick scan of the svn repository shows that pw was added for 2.1.7-R
> (slightly over 20 years ago), but it used /usr/share/skel from day one.
>
> Looking at the svn entries for /etc/mtree/BSD.root.dist I find that
> /etc/skel was introduced at 2.2.7-R by Jordan Hubbard on Feb 27th 1998
> with the comment:
>
> "MFC: /etc/skel doesn't seem to be used in the -current branch either,
> but it doesn't hurt."
>
> This probably comes under the heading of "it seemed like a good idea at
> the time".
>
>> and FTFM
>
> The manual isn't wrong. However, I agree it could be a little more
> helpful in correcting the illusions of those coming from Linux.
>

So are you saying that you are going to fix this?




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