On Mon, 5 Feb 2018, Johannes Ernst wrote:
It appears systemd-sysusers does not create home directories. On the other hand, it picks (largely unpredictable) UIDs from a range.

So I have to run systemd-sysusers, and after that, find the UID of the user and chown the home directory? Or is there the equivalent of the “useradd -m” flag somewhere that I’m just not seeing?

systemd-sysusers is, as the name suggests, really for _system_ users, and often those kinds of users don't have ordinary home directories -- that is, ones the user can actually write to.

However, systemd-sysusers.service is ordered before systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service at boot, so if you need to create a system user's home directory and ensure its ownership is correct, you could use a corresponding tmpfiles.d fragment to do so.
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