Cloud-init Always Adding Ubuntu User?

fk flag

I am using Packer and cloud-init to create templates for proxmox. I am so lost and annoyed. Every time I create a template my user is created with a uid and gid 1000 then right after it the Ubuntu user is created with a uid of 1001 and gid 1002. I can’t find this happening to anyone any where. I read the documentation and it says that if a user is defined the Ubuntu user won’t be created. Am I wrong I’ve so many different cloud-configs I can’t count. To make it more annoying every time I try to remove the Ubuntu user with automation after the template is created the next boot the Ubuntu user is right back in there. I am at such a loss. Have stumbled upon a weird bug and I doing something wrong? I’ve gone through the logs like crazy and all it says is the ubuntu user is created it gives no mention as to why.

  version: 1
  locale: en_US
    layout: us
   install-server: true
   allow-pw: true
   disable_root: true
   ssh_quiet_keygen: true
   allow_public_ssh_keys: true
  - qemu-guest-agent
  - sudo
    name: direct
    size: 0
  package_upgrade: false
  timezone: (user timezone)
    - name: (user)
      groups: [adm, sudo]
      lock-passwd: false
      sudo: ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL
      shell: /bin/bash
      passwd:(user password)
        - (user ssh key)
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cn flag
The behavior you describe does indeed seem contrary to Therefore a bug. Please see for how to report the bug.
bm flag

Also seeing this issue on 22.04.2 iso and packer proxmox v1.1.3.

Ended up just adding an ansible playbook for it to run after as a workaround, sharing here

- name: Remove the user 'ubuntu'
    name: ubuntu
    state: absent
    remove: yes #delete dirs

- name: Remove sudo access for deleted 'ubnt' user
    path: /etc/sudoers.d/90-cloud-init-users
    state: absent
    search_string: 'ubuntu ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL'
    validate: 'visudo -cf %s'

- name: Remove left over config for deleted 'ubnt' user
    path: /etc/sudoers.d/90-cloud-init-users
    state: absent
    search_string: '# User rules for ubuntu'
    validate: 'visudo -cf %s'
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