group access to local devices on shared networked machines

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at
Fri May 8 16:36:00 UTC 2009

Scott James Remnant wrote:
> Provided they are on the same physical console as the local optical
> drive, this is done automatically.

Well, we need to retain the option of people ssh'ing to the machine and 
using the optical drive remotely; however even for users logged in on 
the console, this most definitely was NOT working in Hardy -- we found 
out the hard way when users starting showing up complaining that they 
were getting "permission denied" when trying to access the optical 
drive.  Note that our users are network users authenticated using LDAP, 
not local users.

Is this a change for Jaunty?  If so, this basically my question:  how is 
  it being done?  If there is now a canonical way (pun intended) for 
network users to get permission to use local devices, then we can drop 
our /etc/security/groups.conf work around.

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