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How do I remove a user from a group?

Which command should I use to remove a user from a group in Debian? When adding a user to a group, it can be done with: usermod -a -G group user However, I could not find a similar command ...
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Group member cannot write even with write permission

The logged in user is a member of a group that has a write permission on a folder. But when this user is trying to write something, "permission is denied". The log below summarizes the question: ...
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Why is it recommended to create a group and user for some applications?

Most of the time, when installing a program from source it is recommended to create a new user and a new group and give /usr/local/<myapp> the recently created user and group ownership. Why is ...
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Using umask to set group permissions

A long time ago an old friend showed me a way to use an octal or hex umask with a group I think using /etc/profile. I'm not sure. I'm trying to create group on Debian so that every member of that ...
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Escaping argument in bash script?

I'm writing a bash script wherein I want to check that one of the arguments passed to it is a valid group. I have the line if [ `grep -c -e '\b$2\b' /etc/group` -eq 0 ]; then echo "Error: $2 is ...
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Can I share a folder inside my home directory with another user?

Can I share a folder inside my home directory with another user? I have two users on a system, agent and daemon. An external server connects as agent and rsyncs files to ~agent/incoming I want ...
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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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What is the purpose of `/etc/group-`

On a standard Linux distribution (e.g. Ubuntu) there is usually /etc/group and /etc/group-, where the second one is only readable by root. man group only describes /etc/group. Thus my question: What ...
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Can't access Apache log folder

I want to see apache log file. This is what I tried: I granted most all permissions to apache2 folder. hieund@hieund:/var/log$ sudo chmod a+rw apache2/* But I can't cd to it. So I add my user to ...
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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 write in directory out of home?

I have my Apache server running in the /srv/http/ directory. I changed the group of it to httpadmin and then added my user to that group. Then, I changed the permissions of that directory to ...
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what is 'nogroup' group's purpose

When I list al groups I see one called 'nogroup'. What is this for? Is it supposed to be least privileged one or something? I'm using ubuntu 11.04.
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su user fails with “grep: /var/cpanel/users/user: Permission denied”

I just did something pretty simple. Given a user user, I modified his user id, primary group's id, and added him to a new group in order to make my server use the same uid and gid as another server ...
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Group information reported wrong for a specific user

I have a problem on a server I manage. An account (specifically, my account) does not seem to have the correct groups. I think the problem is most easily demonstrated by looking at the following ...
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Problem while running “newgrp” command in script

I want to change the working group in my script. So I wrote a line newgrp test_grp1 in my script. But my script is automatically exited after running this line. Are there any solution to overcome this ...
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How to apply changes of newly added user groups without needing to reboot?

Assume I'm logged in with user takpar: takpar@skyspace:/$ As root, I've added takpar as a member of group webdev using: # usermod -a -G webdev takpar But it seems it has not been applied. because ...
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GID, current, primary, supplementary, effective and real group IDs?

The following links discuss these concepts in different contexts. I have read their definitions, but I still can't tell how they are related, or if some of them are just the same. Current group ID ...
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Why do I need to use newgrp or su (or logout and login again) to have new group memberships applied?

What is it that makes new group membership require a new login (or new login shell as started by su or newgrp) to be visible? Just running another bash (or whatever other shell) instance with --login ...
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newgrp and groups assigned via pam_group.so

For convenience reasons I tend to assign special group memberships like floppy, audio, plugdev, video etc. via /etc/security/group.conf (pam_group.so) mechanism instead of adding all users to this ...
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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. ...
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How to make Nautilus notice changes regarding group permissions

If I follow a process I mentioned here, I am supposed to log out and then in for the changes to take place. What about Nautilus? I tried to restart it and was still unsuccessful. The only way I have ...
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What are the allowed group names for groupadd?

I followed these instructions to build Shadow, which provides the groupadd command. I am now getting an error when trying this: $ groupadd automake1.10 groupadd: 'automake1.10' is not a valid group ...
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How to configure permissions to allow file access?

I'm running Wowza Media Server on my server as "root". The problem is that all files created (recorded) by Wowza are "root:root" and aren't writable, editable, or deletable by any other users. How can ...
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Reset all groups to default

I recently set up some groups and users on my machine, and now I want to remove all those users and all those groups. Somewhat stupidly, I read on an Ubuntu forum or something like that that it was ...
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Add all users in one group to another group?

I have some users in a group called aa and I need to give them the rights to write to a folder which is currently tomcat:tomcatdeploy. The straightforward way to do this is to add all the users to ...
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I can't delete a file that I have write permissions for as a group member

$ touch testfile $ chmod g+w testfile $ sudo adduser user2 user1 $ stat -c'%a %A' testfile 664 -rw-rw-r-- $ su user2 Password: $ groups user2 user1 $ rm testfile rm: cannot remove `testfile': ...
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How to make files created by a specific user to have specific permissions by default

Here's a sequence of commands and the resulting output: $ touch testfile $ stat -c'%a %A' testfile 644 -rw-r--r-- What must I do so that when a user follows that sequence, I get this output ...
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I added a user to a group, but group permissions on files still have no effect

I changed permissions of a file (chmod g+w testfile) and running ls -l testfile gives: -rwxrwxr-x 1 user1 user1 0 2011-01-24 20:36 testfile I then added a user to that group ("/etc/group" has ...
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Adding kill to a sudoers group

How can I give permissions in sudoers such that each member of a group is able to kill the process owned by another member of the group? Scenario: I have two users -- bill and dev-cron -- who are ...
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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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Meaning of root:wheel

What does root:wheel mean in the following? chown root:wheel myfile
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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 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 ...