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I'm trying to add users to an existing directory but I keep getting:

useradd: warning: the home directory already exists. Not copying any file from skel directory into it.

I want to add users to the /home/test directory; I know this isn't a good thing to do and there are many reasons why I shouldn't do it, but I need to do it anyway.

I want to add the user alex to the existing directory and ralf, so I tried to change the permission of the folders so users can access it:

chmod -R 777 /home/test

And add the user to the folder:

useradd -m -d /home/test ralf

But when I try to switch to the new user it shows this:

I think it is a permission issue but I am not too sure.

  • What is the reason beyond this? Which result do you want to accomplish? It looks like you're trying to break the system, which is never a wise thing to do (unless for testing). – dr01 May 29 '18 at 7:33
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From useradd(8):

-M, --no-create-home

Do no create the user's home directory, even if the system wide setting
from /etc/login.defs (CREATE_HOME) is set to yes.

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