Comment out the `CREATE_HOME' option.
This is done because we replace ceratin user- and group-management programs (from the `shadow_utils' package) with versions that accept uppercase letters in user and group names. The Linux-standard (?) versions of those utilities do not understand the CREATE_HOME option in the `/etc/login/defs' file. In fact, the standard `useradd' program goes out of its way to *complain* about the option when it is found. The relevant source comment from `src/useradd.c': /* * RedHat added the CREATE_HOME option in login.defs in their * version of shadow-utils (which makes -m the default, with * new -M option to turn it off). Unfortunately, this * changes the way useradd works (it can be run by scripts * expecting some standard behaviour), compared to other * Unices and other Linux distributions, and also adds a lot * of confusion :-(. * So we now recognize CREATE_HOME and give a warning here * (better than "configuration error ... notify administrator" * errors in every program that reads /etc/login.defs). -MM */ Rather than suffer obnoxious warnings at boot time, we just avoid the option.