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Is it a bad idea to add myself to the sudo group?

Members of the sudo group in my Debian install can execute anything without entering a password. This is convenient, but seems like a bad idea. NOTE: My computer is an ordinary desktop, not a server ...
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File owner must belong to file group?

I have a rather simplistic understanding of file permissions on *nix systems. I understand that there is a file owner and file group, but is there a hard and fast rule on whether the said file owner ...
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Groups differ from the local ones when logging in remotely

We store our users in LDAP, alongside some groups that have meaning across different systems (organizational roles including wheel). There are also groups local to workstations, e.g. audio or video ...
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CentOS can't remove user from group

Asked and answered many times, but I can't get it working!!! (On CentOS) I have the user userA and I want to remove it from group sftponly. #groups userA userA : sftponly #id -Gn userA sftponly ...
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What is the purpose of the audit-group and how is it used?

Some Unix-flavors have a group called audit. What is it purpose and how is it used? (What is the audit-system anyway?) Is this a system-group just to run a sub-system, or a group for users thus ...
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Udev rule- change group

I would like to change group of /dev/nvidia0. I was write udev rule: KERNEL="nvidia[0-9]", GROUP="video", MODE="0666" But it does't change group, after reboot file is in rootgroup. How do this?
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Which tasks/commands can't be executed with user gid=0 but not uid=0 on Linux [duplicate]

In a Linux server I will have an user with gid=0 but it's uid won't be 0. As there are many commands with root:root and execute permissions for group I know there will be a lot of administrative task ...
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Give default write permission to group to any newly created files and folders

Let's say that we have 2 users: a and b, that are both part of group general. I would like that any file or folder that A creates, would have write permission to the group GENERAL. How can I do it? ...
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Where did the “wheel” group get its name?

The wheel group on *nix computers typically refers to the group with some sort of root-like access. I've heard that on some *nixes it's the group of users with the right to run su, but on Linux that ...
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Changing user and group ID system wide (including file system attributes)?

(this question possibly related to Linux: simulating/masking user ownership upon mount of 'external' partitions? - Stack Overflow) I typically use Ubuntu (currently 11.04) as my desktop OS; let's say ...
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how to initialize `/etc/group`?

After editing /etc/group, How this update starts functioning without restarting the system in Unix? Is there any command we need to run?
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Changing Unix group for files

I have a file that a colleague and I are editing together, on a Unix system. We are using Unix group permissions to edit it. We have one Unix group that we are both members of. Whenever I save the ...
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How to disable messages in unix if mesg and chgrp not allowed?

This is one of my questions for my exam .. We are not supposed to use mesg y/n for this but we should effectively avoid mesgs along with the problem of not being able to change groups.
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How can I change a user's default group in Linux?

Being new to Linux administration, I'm a little confused about the following commands: useradd usermod groupadd groupmod I've just finished reading the user administration book in the Linux/Unix ...
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Function of owning group versus ACL group permissions

Given the fact that we can give any number of groups rwx via POSIX ACL's is there any special privileges given to the owning group? For example, we can set any number of users with ACL's but only the ...
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Allow all group members to create directories and files

There are 2 users sftp_user apache Both users belong to the updaters group as well as other groups. New directories and files are created in the /updates/ directory. drwxrwsr-x 8 sftp updaters ...
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newgrp asks for password [duplicate]

I don't understand why newgrp prompts me for password when I want to change my group. I don't even know what password it is asking for but certainly not mine (user clime). $ id uid=500(clime) ...
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group file and everything related to it [closed]

I'm quite new to *nix OS. I understand the format and usage (at least what the man pages says) of the /etc/group file. One day I was trying to replace my group file with a backup copy. I changed the ...
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Several groups can have the same groupID?

0:root@SERVER:/root # grep 300 /etc/group ipsec:!:300:admgrp 0:root@SERVER:/root # ?? Several groups (ipsec/admgrp) can have the same groupID (300)?? how can this be? /AIX 6.1/
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What is the function of user group root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does it mean to be in group 0? I wanted to avoid using SSH root login to backup my remote server. Thus I set up a non-root user account on the server and place it ...
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Securely running LAMP under a specific user

I'm setting up a sandbox type of server that will be used by a couple users as a development environment and knowledge base. The server will have a web frontend so I've installed Apache, MySQL and ...
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Can I add to my groups in the current (shell) process? [duplicate]

If I add myself to a group, it applies only to newly launched processes. Actually it's more restricted than that; it seems to apply only to new logins. I'm not sure what the exact mechanism is, but ...
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Group permissions ineffective, permission still denied

I've got a problem with UNIX permissions : I'm working under Debian Squeeze, and one of my scripts, run by www-data, needs to move a file, 23550.zip, placed in the home directory of another user, ...
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Trouble adding existing user to existing group in ubuntu

I was trying to add a user called bill to www group useradd -G www bill It gives me error UX: useradd: ERROR: bill is already in use. Choose another. I checked if this user already in the group ...
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How to handle user permission issue?

We have created an asset management application web app using php. This app allows users to browse, upload, rename, replace assets (binary files like images and 3d models) We developed in windows ...
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Delete every users from a group

I search a clean way to delete every users from the 'sudo' group. On several distributions the user created during the installation process has sudo rights, I don't want this. I search for an ...
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addgroup vs groupadd

I happen to know there is a slight difference between adduser and useradd. (i.e., adduser has additional features to useradd, such as creating a home directory.) Then what is the relation between ...
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Change/Create permissions for a folder

How can I create (if the folder is new) or change (if the folder was already existent) permissions for a folder? In particular, I want to create a subdirectory in /etc/bind/ where I can put the ...
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how to login as a member of specific group

i want to login as a member of non primary group to create files whose owner as a member of non primary group of current user. -rwxr-xr-x 2 gowtham gowtham 4096 Sep 5 14:48 defaultNewFile ...
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Accessing another user's files

I have a file "abc" with permissions 440 .The owner of this file is "root" and the group of this file is "groupabc" . I have a user "user1" .Is their anyway I can see the contents of files "abc" using ...
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wireshark: Couldn't run /usr/sbin/dumpcap in child process [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add write permissions for a group? When I run Wireshark, It shows the following message: Couldn't run /usr/sbin/dumpcap in child process: Permission denied Are ...
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Why don't /etc/group and /etc/password match?

OK this is a basic question showing my ignorance of sysadmin matters... Looking at the UNIX system I work on, my /etc/passwd entry says my_name:x:uid:gid:comments:home directory:login shell Then ...
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Error message id: cannot find name for group ID after logging in

BACKGROUND Trevor logs into his account on ssh://foobar.university.edu as one of the developers on the box, and he gets the message: id: cannot find name for group ID 131 Trevor then checks this ...
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How to ensure that anonymous FTP has been disabled on a Solaris 10 system?

What line in which configuration files in the /etc/ftpd directory do I have to check to ensure that anonymous FTP has been disabled? From my understanding now, to ensure that anonymous FTP is ...
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Can't read a file although it's in my group and permissions for group read are set

I encounter a strange problem on a unix/linux machine: I'm member of a group, let's call it group A and a certain file (which has a different owner) belongs to group A as well. The permissions of ...
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Samba: system group mapping

I have w2008R2 PDC and Linux server with samba and winbind. Now I'd like to add some domain users to Unix adm group in AD. Let's say I have adm group defined in AD, and every user from this group ...
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Why does newgrp change my PS1 and how to prevent it?

I have a customized PS1 to show several parameters. When I switch to a different group using newgrp, it switched my PS1 to default ($) and that is annoying. The default remains even when I switch ...
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Full access by group user of /var/www/html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add write permissions for a group? On Centos 6 I'm trying to give full access to make and delete by the user mitch for /var/www/http. I did addgroup www and then ...
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Group within group file permissions

I tried finding this on here, but couldn't so sorry if it's a duplicate. Say I have 2 groups and a user: group1, group2, user1 with the following structure: group1 is a member of group 2, user1 is a ...
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In my secure log there is a new group added that Im unsure about after adding semanage

I installed semanage onto my CentOS 6.2 box and I was going through my secure log after the install and noticed this entry: Aug 31 22:12:17 xxxx groupadd[12929]: group added to /etc/group: ...
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Group Permission on public_html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Permissions: What's the right way to give Apache more user permissions? Before I knew better, I used /home/someuser/public_html/scripts as a place from which shared ...
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Why this error: “cannot create directory `foo': Permission denied”

I get this error when I try creating a directory: [rex <03:57 PM> /var/tmp/pb82]$ mkdir foo mkdir: cannot create directory `foo': Permission denied But doesn't the following output indicate ...
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What does it mean to be in group 0?

Several users in a system I inherited have their group set to 0 in /etc/passwd. What does that mean? Do they essentially get full root privileges? The system is running CentOS 5, and the users ...
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Meaning of root:wheel

What does root:wheel mean in the following? chown root:wheel myfile
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Why is Debian not creating the 'wheel' group by default?

It appears to be Unix tradition that a wheel group is created automatically, but Debian (and children, naturally) doesn't do so. Is there a rationale somewhere? Where else have you seen this tradition ...
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What does GID mean?

What does GID actually mean? I have Googled it and this is what linux.about.com said: Group identification number for the process. Valid group numbers are given in /etc/group, and in the GID field ...
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How to maintain file ownership when running 'yum update'

I'm running CentOS 6.2 and installed nginx as root. After the install I changed the owner and group of the install to it's own user and group to keep thing a bit more secure. I logged in as root and ...
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Group ID 501 cannot be found

A file in a directory has a Group ID "501" After checking /etc/group, Group ID "501" was not found how is that possible ?
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How do I set permissions for a directory so that files and directories created under it maintain group write permissions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make all new files in a directory accessible to a group I have a directory in which collaborative files / directories are stored. Say directory abc is owned by root and ...
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Make all new files in a directory accessible to a group

Suppose I have two users A and B and a group G and a folder foo, both users are members of G (using linux and ext3). If I save as user A a file under foo, the permissions are: -rw-r--r-- A A. ...