Program to address teacher's need of managing student users' permissions

David Groos djgroos at
Wed Feb 18 03:49:28 UTC 2009

I will put detail to this page where it
details a possible configuration by level.  Thanks for your thoughts, too.


On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM, Jordan Mantha <laserjock at> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 9:15 AM, David Groos <djgroos at> wrote:
> <snip>
> > From what I've heard and read on line, there was an excellent GUI program
> > Sabayon which was designed to do just this.  Apparently this isn't being
> > maintained and it doesn't work in Hardy or Intrepid.  I've seen that some
> > including LaserJock have worked some on this lately but don't know of
> > status?
> Sabayon is a rather large and comprehensive program. Its design/goals
> is to deliver preset "profiles" to users. Other programs sort of lock
> things in a user's $HOME but Sabayon unzips a new $HOME every time.
> Right now the status is that it still doesn't work. Scott Balneaves
> and I worked on it a bit but kept running into bugs. I'm not sure if
> he's had a chance to get further since the last I talked to him, but
> I've got a few other pressing things before I can look at it again.
> > Andreas Olsson and Jordan Mantha and others suggested making a simple
> script
> > to manage group permissions, a great way to solve this need.  Andreas
> said
> > he would write this script in PERL (his strength) as a proof of concept
> as
> > well as to meet my class' immediate need.  Comments? thoughts?
> For your immediate goal I would suggest actually that a bash shell
> script would be the most straightforward way to go perhaps. While perl
> can be a useful language, for the simple solution I don't think it's a
> great idea. For the long term solution we should use Python because
> it's easy and broadly used in Ubuntu/Edubuntu.
> I think the first step is to clearly define what your immediate needs
> are. What programs do you want limit access to? Do you have other
> things you need to have locked down?
> -Jordan
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