I cross posted this question to AskUbuntu because my problem seems most acute on Debian/Ubuntu, but it was suggested that I ask here. Whatever method is suggested for solving this problem should work on most distros (e.g., openSuse & Ubuntu). Here's the script code I'm using now:
getent group $MYGROUP if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then sudo su -c "groupadd $MYGROUP" fi sudo su -c "useradd mynewuser -p mypassword -m -g $PRIMARYGRP -G $MYGROUP"
There are several problems with the user account it creates on Ubuntu.
- the terminal prompt isn't set (
echo $PS1returns nothing)
- the arrow keys and tab key do not work correctly in the terminal
- the password doesn't seem to work (although I'm still unclear exactly what this issue is)
- the /etc/sudoers rights set for this new user are not honored
If instead I manually create the user with
adduser (instead of useradd) I don't have these problems. But I need a non-Debian-exclusive script or method of adding user accounts via my bash script.
I also had a previous question on this topic, but it was different enough that it is not relevant to this problem.