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Re: Bug#291193: base-passwd: Users added in group audio, not seen though. No sound!

This one time, at band camp, David Mandelberg said:
> Colin Watson wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 12:50:24PM +0200, lasse.simpanen wrote:
> >>Package: base-passwd
> >>Severity: normal
> >>
> >>Users can not have sound. They are added in audio group, but asked
> >>'group "user" ' they seem not to be in that group! They are in
> >>/etc/group though.
> >>Yes, they have logged out but no change.
> >>
> >>About a week ago all was fine, don't know what break the system, 
> >>(sysvinit and sysv-rc was upgraded, but I don't know...)
> >>Only root can have the sound now.
> Are you using ALSA or OSS? What are the permissions on
> /dev/{dsp,audio,mixer,snd/}* ?
> To find out, try
> $ dpkg -l | grep -i '\(oss\|alsa\)'
> $ uname -r
> $ ls -lA /dev/{dsp,audio,mixer,snd/}*
> If any of the devices I globbed above aren't owned by root:audio, chown them to
> root:audio.

I think you've got the wrong end of the stick - he says specifically that
`groups user` (although he mistyped) does not list audio, although they 
appear to be in the group in /etc/group.  I have no advice to offer,
except possibly to check his nsswitch.conf to make sure that he has
either files or compat in there for his group entry.  I do remember a
recent upgrade of base-files, maybe he had something that got clobbered
on upgrade?
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