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Old 07-14-2008, 01:34 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by b0uncer View Post
And if you got your answer, why did you then come back, read the other posts, get irritated by them and even go as far as doing several replies to them for nothing? Besides: neither of adduser or useradd was the "right" executable to run in your case, since they can both do the job.
The advice itself is was indeed helpful. However the reply itself was put in a sarcastic context. My replies were not for nothing. Just like you are replying now, is that for nothing?

Well ok. Adduser was the command I used in the past and the one I remember. I somehow stumbled across useradd which does the same thing except required switches for creating home directories which I don't remember. After trying adduser I got the results I remember from the past. The manual helped as I responded by editing my first post. When I initially posted I had only tried --help. I then remembered about the man command afterwards. I use linux once every blue moon so don't remember all commands.

I appreciate you coming back now since you actually have a positive response. I hope we can put this thread to bed. Thanks.
Old 07-14-2008, 01:35 PM   #17
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This particular thing is probably ready to be put to bed indeed, I'll just add one more thing that might be of help for somebody. Even though 'man' is a handy way of getting help, you could end up wondering what command you'll need, and if you don't know what it is (even though some executable names are pretty self-explanatory/easy-to-guess), it's difficult to open the man-page just like that. For those situations, try either of these:
man -k keyword
apropos keyword
where "keyword" is something you would expect to describe the command you're looking for. Those commands should then (hopefully) list some names you can try to use or read documentation about. And even if you had an idea of one executable that might be of help for you, see those if they revealed you more.


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