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what is differance between "adduser" and "useradd"?

asked 2015-08-15 16:03:13 -0500

geleem gravatar image

when trying to add a user to a group, which should one use. adduser or useradd?

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answered 2015-08-15 16:17:57 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

They're just two names for the same command. If you use man adduser you get the man page for useradd.

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answered 2015-08-15 16:33:45 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

As sideburns mentioned, they're the same, in fact adduser is just a symbolic link to useradd command in Fedora:

$ ls -ld /usr/sbin/adduser
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 7 Nov 26  2014 /usr/sbin/adduser -> useradd

So basically it doesn't matter which command do you use. You can even use usermod ;-)

usermod -a -G group user
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answered 2015-08-15 19:46:34 -0500

The command adduser is a symbolic link to command useradd. Both share the same man pages.

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answered 2015-08-31 06:38:15 -0500

srakitnican gravatar image

In fedora they are the same thing but in other distros may be a different thing. For example ubuntu uses a perl script for adduser command which works and behaves a little different. I suggest get used to term useradd (especially for scripts) because that's what the program is called anyway .

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