Review of the current warty

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Aug 24 17:57:51 CDT 2004

On Tue, Aug 24, 2004 at 03:18:40PM -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 12, 2004 at 12:19:46AM +0100, Michael Vogt wrote:
> > Systemtools:
> > ------------
> > * System log viewer complains that it can't open /var/log/auth.log
> >   and displays nothing instead
> Any objections to adding the initial user to group adm?


    Group adm is used for system monitoring tasks. Members of this group
    can read many log files in /var/log, and can use xconsole.

    Historically, /var/log was /usr/adm (and later /var/adm), thus the
    name of the group.

    HELP: Perhaps policy should state the purpose of this group so users
    may be safely added to it, in certainty that all they'll be able to
    do is read logs. Wouldn't hurt to rename it 'log' either ...

adm is probably OK for the initial user.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson at]

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