When I create a user with useradd command in centos 5, the home directory is created and its /etc/skel files are copied to that directory but when i give useradd with -doption to some different path to home directory it does not create the skeloton files, like .bachrc, .bash_history etc.

If someone can give a hint so I can resolve this problem. Actually I need to execute some specific command .bashrc file but its not there. I created it manually but stil it does not executed that at time of user login.


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Skeleton files are only copied when creating a home directory. Try adding the -m option.

  • Yes with useradd -md /home/somedir/home1/ username works!
    – Toqeer
    Aug 13, 2012 at 12:37

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