I'm trying to add a user with this command on my debian server:



# User
adduser -c 'uwsgi user' --group $APPGROUP --system --no-create-home --disabled-login --disabled-password $APPUSER

However it tells me I can only specify one name, but I am only specifying one name as far as I can see.

What's going wrong?

  • What's your OS? adduser varies by OS and even distro. – jordanm Mar 3 '14 at 15:08
  • Sorry, its debian – Jimmy Mar 3 '14 at 15:08
  • I should have noticed the Debian tag. – jordanm Mar 3 '14 at 15:09
  • Try running the script using set -x. It should show you the complete command that gets run. – Jenny D Mar 3 '14 at 15:17

Option --group doesn't support any arguments unless you intend to create the given group. But it seems like you cannot add a new user and a (different) new group at the same time.

What are you trying to do? Are you looking for option --ingroup instead? Otherwise you have to create the group first. Then run adduser a second time to add a new user to the existing group.

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