Users and Groups

If your ebuild requires a user or group to be added for a daemon, for example, this should be performed via the functions available in user.eclass. Regardless of whether you are adding a group or a user, this should be performed in the pkg_setup phase function. pkg_setup is called before the compile process, with sandbox disabled, so a build that requires the user to exist will have it, and is also called for both binary and source packages. You may also use the pkg_preinst or pkg_postinst functions for user creation, if the user is not required during or before src_install.

Adding Groups

To add a group, use the enewgroup function:

enewgroup <name> [gid]

By default the next available group ID is selected. To set a specfic group ID, pass it an extra argument to enewgroup.

Adding Users

To add a user, use the enewuser function:

enewuser <user> [uid] [shell] [homedir] [groups]

By default, both enewuser and enewgroup allocate the next available user ID or group ID to the new user or group - if not, you explicitly have to specify one.

Arguments for enewuser must be passed in the order as shown above: if you do not want to specify a fixed user ID however but do want to set a specific shell, for example, use -1 for the uid parameter. The same applies for any other parameter where you want to keep the default setting.

Groups for the groups argument should be separated by a comma (,) and wrapped correctly, for example:

enewuser frozd -1 -1 -1 "backup,frozd"