I have a fresh install of ubuntu server 12.10. I have created a group called www-dev and a user called dab. the user is in the group and i can verify that by members www-dev which returns dab.

I created a folder called /etc/test and that folder has permissions: drwxrwsr-x root www-dev

if i type who i get dab

if i go into the folder and type echo 'test' > test i get access denied!

I'm sure it's something simple, but i can't figure out why?

thanks in advance!

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    Okay, but do you get www-data when you run groups as dab? Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 4:41

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Adding or removing groups from a member does not effect existing sessions

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