scary/unexpected output in adduser and deluser

Bug #1750031 reported by Scott Moser on 2018-02-16
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cloud-images
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Bug Description

On 16.04 images on Azure,
adduser and deluser are now printing to stderr 'sent invalidate(passwd)' and
'sent invalidate(group)'.

These are confusing at best.
See below. They do not seem harmful, but not wonderful.

I only see them on images of 16.04 on Azure. I cannot reproduce in
16.04 or 18.04 images on LXD, Openstack. I cannot reproduce in 18.04
on Azure.

smoser@ubuntu1:~$ sudo adduser guest
Adding user `guest' ...
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
Adding new group `guest' (1001) ...
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
Adding new user `guest' (1001) with group `guest' ...
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
The home directory `/home/guest' already exists. Not copying from `/etc/skel'.
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for guest
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
        Full Name []: Foo Bar
        Room Number []:
        Work Phone []:
        Home Phone []:
        Other []:
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
Is the information correct? [Y/n]
smoser@ubuntu1:~$ sudo deluser guest
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
Removing user `guest' ...
Warning: group `guest' has no more members.
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
sent invalidate(passwd) request, exiting
sent invalidate(group) request, exiting
Done.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: adduser 3.113+nmu3ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: User Name 4.13.0-1007.9-azure 4.13.13
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-1007-azure x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.15
Architecture: amd64
Date: Fri Feb 16 19:30:12 2018
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcEnviron:
 TERM=screen
 PATH=(custom, no user)
 XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=<set>
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: adduser
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Scott Moser (smoser) wrote :
Changed in adduser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Scott Moser (smoser) on 2018-02-23
tags: removed: xenial
Scott Moser (smoser) wrote :

This bug was reproduced on a xenial Azure cloud image
$ cat /etc/cloud/build.info
build_name: server
serial: 20180222

I cannot reproduce it locally in a container.

tags: added: xenial
Scott Moser (smoser) wrote :

I've also tried a bionic azure image
$ cat /etc/cloud/build.info
build_name: server
serial: 20180222

It did not reproduce there.
So as far as I can tell it shows itself only on Azure 16.04 images.

Changed in cloud-images:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
importance: Medium → Low
description: updated
Changed in cloud-images:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
no longer affects: adduser (Ubuntu)
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