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useradd -m LOGIN creates the user's home directory


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The useradd program has been deprecated in favor of adduser. From man useradd: useradd is a low level utility for adding users. On Debian, administrators should usually use adduser(8) instead. adduser is a friendlier frontend to useradd and will do things like create user directories by default. When you run it with only a username as an argument, ...


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As @Mikel suggests, if you are trying to configure a system account which is a daemon, try configuring the daemon itself. I came to this question looking how to set the umask for the _www account on MacOS. While this is difficult as the answers above suggest, I found I could solve it by configuring the apache service as (in this case) the user == a daemon. ...



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