Subject: Re: packages writing files out of LOCALBASE
To: Julio Merino <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 11/02/2002 17:04:13
I'd very much prefer that the bash package be left alone. I like it
that it updates /etc/shells for me and would prefer that it not be
altered in that regard.


Julio Merino <> writes:
> > If the bash package doesn't update /etc/shells, and the installer doesn't
> > notice or act on MESSAGE, ftpd mysteriously denies access to any user for
> > whom bash is the default shell.  It is possible to chase that relationship
> > down through the man pages (ftpd(8)->getusershell(3)->shells(5)), but
> > anyone who could do that would know to update /etc/shells.  
> The administrator will notice the message. IIRC, if you do not add bash to
> /etc/shells, chsh will fail if you try to use bash. An administrator must
> know how to install shells, and if he doesn't, MESSAGE will tell it.

Perry E. Metzger