Review request: sabayon

John Dennis jdennis at
Mon Mar 21 15:53:32 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-03-20 at 00:11 -1000, Warren Togami wrote:
> Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> > On Sat, 2005-03-19 at 00:27 -1000, Warren Togami wrote:
> > 
> >>Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> > 
> > 
> >>%pre
> >>/usr/sbin/groupadd -r %{name} &>/dev/null || :
> >>/usr/sbin/useradd  -r -s /sbin/nologin -c "Sabayon user" -g %{name} 
> >>%{name} &>/dev/null || :
> >>/usr/sbin/usermod -d "" %{name} &>/dev/null || :
> >>
> >>Have you tested the effect of this during an upgrade from one package to 
> >>another?
> > 
> > 
> > 	Yep, seems fine.
> Seems fine because it redirected the error messages to /dev/null?
> "Running scriptlets only in certain situations"
> According to this table %pre is being run during package upgrade.  You 
> probably want to test the parameter to only create accounts in the 
> install case.
> Although I didn't actually test your package, so I may be wrong for some 
> unknown reason.  Please educate me if I am wrong.

Several of the packages that I'm familar with that need to create a
system account unconditionally invoke useradd. When I added a test for
the presence of the user in a spec file before invoking useradd Nalin
commented this was uncessessary. The only thing I think you may need to
be careful about is to make the the %pre scriptlet exits with 0, it may
be the case useradd exits with a non-zero status if the user already
John Dennis <jdennis at>

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