[CentOS] creating a user from an RPM package

Spiro Harvey spiro at knossos.net.nz
Wed Oct 15 03:22:42 UTC 2008

What wizardry do you guys use in the SPEC file when creating/deleting a
user from an RPM package?

I was going to create a macro like:

%define user(login,uid,gid,name,homedir,shell) \
        echo "$1:x:$2:$3:$4:$5:$6"      >>/etc/passwd; \
        echo "$1:!!:12005:0:99999:7:::" >>/etc/shadow; \
        echo "$1:x:$3:" >>/etc/group; \
        mkdir -p $5; \
        chown $2:$3 $5

and then appropriate sedness and rm's when removing it, but I figure
there has to be a cleaner way, or a builtin as this surely is a
common feature. The RPM guide doesn't seem to mention it, or if it
does, I missed it.

Alternatively, if you could point me to a package or a spec file that
does this, I'd be much obliged.


Spiro Harvey                  Knossos Networks Ltd
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