[svlug] mount, smbfs, ssh, and local console weirdness
dpchrist at inreach.com
Tue Aug 6 11:20:37 PDT 2002
svlug at lists.svlug.org:
"Rick Schultz" <bloodyvikings at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Here's a question: had you logged out of the console since adding your
> name to the smbuser group? Reading the files and directories was
> allowed for anyone (judging from the directory listing), but writing
> required being a member of the group.
> I ran into a similar problem the other day: I added myself to a group,
> but the changes didn't seem to take effect immediately; I ended up
> logging out and back in, and then everything worked.
Thank you for your help. :-)
I had a similar thought. I do recall closing/ re-opening the shells on
my Gnome desktop and that the problem was still there. (Those shells do
not appear to be login shells.) I am reasonably sure I did not log out/
in. I cannot recall if I did anything with the ssh shells on the
> Are changes to /etc/group supposed to take effect immediately? If
> not, when is the file re-read?
Those are good questions. The man page for "group" does not state when
the file is read. The "group" man page refers to "login", but the only
reference to "/etc/group" is in the "/etc/usertty" section.
/etc/groups is a world-readable file, so the answer is likely to be
"/etc/group is read by the kernel and applications whenever the person
who wrote that particular stretch of code felt like it". I suspect the
only way to find out would be to grep all source code for
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