[Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#479051: Bug#479051: nagios3: wrong home directory for the nagios user

Stephane Chazelas stephane at artesyncp.com
Sun May 4 12:00:27 UTC 2008

2008-05-04 12:41:31 +0200, Alexander Wirt:
> tag 479051 moreinfo
> thanks
> Stephane Chazelas schrieb am Friday, den 02. May 2008:
> > Package: nagios3
> > Version: 3.0.1-1
> > Severity: normal
> > 
> > 
> > The nagios user is being added by
> > /usr/sbin/useradd -r -d /var/log/nagios -s /bin/sh -c "%{nsusr}" %{nsusr}
> Ehm, ists not. Its added via 
> adduser --system --group --home /var/run/nagios3 --no-create-home \
>               --disabled-login --force-badname nagios > /dev/null
> from nagio3-common. There is no call of useradd from nagios3. 
> /var/run/nagios3 exists. (Its still questionable it its the right home
> directory. But it exists. 

Hi Alexander,

the thing is that the user here was created with a home
directory of /var/log/nagios, so I did a grep -r on the source
package and found the line above in the nagios.spec file.

I can see now that line you quote in

So it seems the culprit is nagios-nrpe-server:
/var/lib/dpkg/info/nagios-nrpe-server.preinst:          adduser
--system --group --no-create-home --home /var/log/nagios --quiet

I don't think /var/run/nagios3 is a good choice for a home
directory. /var/run is meant to be non-permanent, and a home
directory is meant to be the area where to *store* information
relevant to a user

Best regards,

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