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Re: Bug#64605: Gets confused if repacking in user home directory

On Wed, May 24, 2000 at 01:20:08PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> Right, user groups are a good thing. However, I fail to see why making
> home sgid is necessary for user groups to work at all, or is even
> related to user groups.

Not necessary. I think the sgid should be determined by the permissions
of and in /etc/skel. 

I cannot argue that home directories should be sgid by default 
but the sgid is especially useful for clue-less users for whom you'd never
want to explain groups and permissions to.

> So what do sgid home directories buy us?

When someone puts something in your directory (by virtue of their group
membership), you can have (permission) to it since it will have your group as 
the file's group membership. Otherwise someone in your group could make
dot.files that you wouldn't like, nor could do anything about. Then again
 why can they write in your directory....


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