[Samba] What is the purpose of "add user script"?

Gary Dale garydale at rogers.com
Mon Mar 30 03:37:22 GMT 2009

MargoAndTodd wrote:
> Hi All,
>    I am confused.  In one of the examples of a PDC,
> the following smb.conf parameter is given:
>    add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -m -G users '%u'
> If you have "passdb backend = tdbsam" and the way
> to add users to "tdbsam" is "pdbedit -a -u username",
> what is the purpose of the "add user script"?
> I am thinking it is to add the user to /etc/passwd,
> but "why"?  I add my users from the command line.
> I invoke "useradd" then "pdbedit".
> What is the purpose of the "add user script"?
> Many thanks,
> -T
Add users allows you to add Windows users from Windows. Otherwise, you 
wouldn't have Unix accounts to link them to.

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