The default user not a member of group video

Kevin Chadwick ma1l1ists at
Wed Feb 4 13:24:37 UTC 2015

On Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:20 +0000
ubuntu-devel-discuss-request at wrote:

> > It seems that the default user is not a member of group video by default in
> > Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Consequently e.g. the builtin cameras of laptops do not
> > work unless you add the default user to the group video. I think that the
> > default user should be a member of group video by default.  
> I know logind manages permissions for audio devices for the active user, so I am sure the same thing is done for video devices. What software have you tried to use that has not been able to work with your webcam? I have no problem using my webcam with google hangouts here, and I am not in the video group.

Personally I strip the permissions from logind and annoyingly found
that I needed to add my user to /etc/group which is easily found,
transparent and correctly protected by the filesystem in a central
traditional and cross-unix location.

Just because logind has come from RedHat who seem to avoid doing things
the correct way with Debian doing it more correctly (in the past
atleast, I no longer track debian) is surely no reason for Linux not to
continue doing things correctly in general?

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