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GSnake
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:26 am    Post subject: Understanding Linux groups Reply with quote

Hello guys!
How do I find how to run specific applications as non-root users?
For example, my standard PC user can't run ping and a lot of other applications.
I know that I should add it to a specific group to gain various priviliges for each application but... which ones?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I have for admin-user:
Code:
$ groups
adm tty disk wheel uucp cron audio cdrom dialout video games cdrw usb users portage

Likely a couple aren't needed nowadays (though I'm not interested in nubkit, so prefer groups and PAM for permissions); might try dialout, I guess.
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GSnake
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, okay but that doesn't help that much.
What do they do? How can I find out more infos about each group?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try googling "unix groups", with especial reference to the Wikipedia entry.

Will
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