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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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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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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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Typical use case for a group password

I checked more than half a century worth Unix experience and neither my colleagues, nor myself has ever set a password on a group (sg and gpasswd). What would be a typical use case for a group ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of root:wheel

What does root:wheel mean in the following? chown root:wheel myfile
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Why is root in wheel and operator? Can root being in a group ever make a difference?

I just noticed on my FreeBSD machine that root is in wheel and operator. I'm trying to think of a situation where UID 0 being in a group would have any effect on... well... anything, and I'm coming up ...
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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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Change gid of a specific group

I'd like to change group id of a specific group. There are so may solution for changing the gid of a file or directories. But that's not what I want. Is there a way to do that?
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In /etc/group what is the meaning of the second field?

A sample /etc/group file contains the following entries: root:*:0: adm:!:4:logcheck antoine:x:1000: The man pages I've read (Debian & OSX) says the second field is to store a group password. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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linux permission, 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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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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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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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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Group memberships and setuid/setgid processes

Processes which de-escalate privileges via setuid() and setgid() do not seem to inherit the group memberships of the uid/gid they set. I have a server process that must be executed as root in order ...
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How to run a process with a specific group?

I have to start an application with my own user rights, but the group must be different. So, instead of: $ ps -eo "user,group,args" | grep qbittorrent morfik morfik /usr/bin/qbittorrent it ...
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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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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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assigning files of a group to another one

I want to delete a group using groupdel command, but before doing this I want to assign all files belonging to this group to another one is there a way to do this? I know that I can use find / -gid ...
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Nested POSIX groups in Linux [duplicate]

If I want to add all of the members who belong to the supplemental group web_users to the apache group (as an additional supplemental group) can I just add web_users group to the apache group? Or do ...
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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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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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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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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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granting write permissions to a group to a folder

How can I grant write permission to 1 group ? I have 2 users (alex and ben). alex is member of group alex and of group consult. ben is member of group ben and of group consult. I want to grant read ...
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Getting new files to inherit group permissions on Linux

I am having a problem with permissions on a Linux server. I am used to BSD. When a directory is owned by a group the user who owns it isn't in such as www-data, files created in it will be owned by ...
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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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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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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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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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When a member of multiple groups, how do I set the default group for newly created files?

With umask, I can determine the permissions for newly created files. But if I am a member of multiple groups, how do I set the default group for newly created files? This question seems relevant, ...
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restrict student account permissions, give faculty access

I have set up two user groups, students and faculty on Ubuntu 12.04 and created a number of students and faculty accounts. The problem is a student can currently see & read all of the files of a ...
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How do i extend a partition with a LVM and the contained physical volume and logical volume?

On my 240 GB SSD i had at first two partitions, one containing the Logical Volume with Linux Mint and the other had contained a NTFS partition to share with Windows. Now i removed the NTFS partition ...
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How to run script with the privileges expected of the script's general “intended user”?

During the development of a script, some bugs remain "latent" until the script is run by a different user. (For example, the script may access a file that only the person developing the script has ...
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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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Seems that chown is allowed to non root user

We are using LDAP authentication and probably another things that I did not understand well, in our company so maybe the following questions are result of this. I have found strange behavior of chown ...
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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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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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Is there way to stop random software packages from remotely transferring your files?

I am running a bitcoin client on my archlinux computer. If somebody can get ahold of the wallet.dat file, located in the ~/.bitcoin/ directory they can steal my coins. I have minimal software ...
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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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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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Why are newly created users assigned to primary groups of their usernames?

I've noticed that on a number of linux distributions that whenever a new user is created, it is assigned to a primary group of its own name. eg. If i create a user called "testuser", by default it is ...