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Nov
4
comment Reinstalling all Debian packages
This won't work, and will completely break the system. Line 3 will uninstall apt, so it won't be possible to reinstall everything, afterwards.
Sep
26
comment Why doesn't the Linux vfat driver allow certain characters?
Yes, I am aware that there are many possible workarounds. I'm not asking how to transfer files, I'm asking specifically why those characters aren't allowed by the Linux driver.
Sep
26
comment Why doesn't the Linux vfat driver allow certain characters?
I would expect it to work the same way it does with NTFS: Windows wouldn't be able to read those specific files, but it would be able to read others on the drive. I don't want to use a Linux-only filesystem on my flash drive because occasionally I do need to transfer files to/from a Windows or OS X machine.
Sep
26
asked Why doesn't the Linux vfat driver allow certain characters?
Jan
10
comment Run program with additional supplementary group
I've been using this solution for a bit, and it seems to work quite well. sudo -E -u cloneduser allows me to easily run a program with the alternative group list. One difference is that I used the same home directory for my cloned user instead of adding another one.
Jan
10
awarded  Scholar
Jan
10
accepted Run program with additional supplementary group
Dec
5
awarded  Supporter
Dec
5
comment Run program with additional supplementary group
+1 for an interesting solution of which I hadn't thought. It does feel a bit hacky/possibly problematic, but I'll definitely give it a try if I don't find a cleaner solution.
Dec
5
comment Run program with additional supplementary group
@jordanm The vboxusers membership merely allows me to run VirtualBox. Is has nothing to do with allowing VirtualBox to have raw access to my hard drive without allowing the same to other applications.
Dec
5
comment Run program with additional supplementary group
The group should not become the primary group for the process, and it is a group of which my user is not a member.
Dec
5
comment Run program with additional supplementary group
I have a couple of programs that I would like to run as my user, but which require more privileges than I want to grant to my user as a whole. For example, VirtualBox needs direct access to my hard drive to boot my Windows partition, but I definitely don't want any random program to be able to scribble all over my hard drive. My first approach was to create a separate user for running VirtualBox, but that created many difficulties that would be avoided through this approach.
Dec
5
awarded  Student
Dec
5
asked Run program with additional supplementary group