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

Leif Andersen tbolpi3 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 04:28:56 GMT 2009

Hmm...interesting, so am I really the only person that thinks having a
'scanner group' is really not intuitive in the least?

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On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 21:23, Will Smith <undertakingyou at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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