[ubuntu-us-ut] Ubuntu's default groups

Will Smith undertakingyou at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 04:23:09 GMT 2009

On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Aaron Toponce <aaron.toponce at gmail.com>wrote:

> This is odd to me. Why should you be a member of your group to access
> hardware? Isn't that the kernel's responsibility? On my Debian machine:
> uid=1000(aaron) gid=1000(aaron) groups=119(fuse),1000(aaron)
> I'm in the fuse group, so I can mount fuse filesystems locally to one of
> my directories without root privileges. However, I can still access
> audio cds, play music, access my attached printer, watch videos, mount
> thumb drives, and everything else just fine. I'm failing to see the
> advantage adding myself to 13 groups provides.
> Now, maybe this is standard, tacking on 13 groups to the default user.
> However, here's Solaris:
> uid=1001(aaron) gid=1(other)
> ... and HP-UX:
> uid=106(aaron) gid=20(users)
> ... and RHEL:
> uid=503(aaron) gid=503(aaron) groups=503(aaron)
> <snip>

By way of comparison though, when I used Fedora and installed my scanner
stuff I had to add myself to the scanner group in order to use the scanner.
So you need to do it later even on these other systems.

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