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Re: UPG and the default umask

Roger Leigh <rleigh@codelibre.net> writes:
> On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 02:34:57PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> That's a good idea.  I'm not sure if all UNIX group systems allow one
>> to ask how many users are a member of a particular group, but if
>> there's a way to ask that question at least in those group systems that
>> support it, the implementation should be fairly straightforward.

> The standard getgrnam/getgrgid (or the _r variants) are competely
> portable and give you the list of users who are group members (so a
> simple check through the user list is quick and easy).  From the shell
> "getent group $group" should return an empty user list.

I was thinking more in terms of access restrictions than APIs.  Being able
to ask who is a member of a particular group is a potential privacy
violation, so I wasn't sure if there were group systems in widespread use
that would refuse to tell you any information about anyone other than
yourself unless you had root or similar elevated credentials.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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