Debian's 'group' system
> Uhm, isn't smail finicky about the permissions on a .forward file? If it
> does not trust the file, it will not obey it.
This reminds me---Debian has adopted this nice system of every user
having his/her own group. (No sarcasm: It's a Good Thing.)
Everything is then group-writable by default, which is probably what
The problem is that "ssh" won't work unless you remove group-write
permissions from your home directory (and the ~/.ssh directory).
It's either a misconfiguration with Debian (i.e., files should not be
group-writable by default) or with the ssh Debian package (i.e., it
shouldn't mind that a directory/file is group-writable); neither way
is clearly better than the other, but they should at least agree.
I'd vote to remove group-writable permissions by default.