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Re: Who should own my home directory?



On Mon, 23 Jan 2006 02:00:21 +0100, Glenn Meehan wrote:
>
> Sounds like you have been using another flavour of unix. SCO has a
> similar group structure to the one you describe. In linux the default is
> to create a group for each user name that is created. I don't know why
> it does this. It seems to me that a users group would be a more logical
> way to go. But I'm sure that "the powers that be" have a good reason for
> configuring it this way. Anyway it seems to me the the groups idea is
> largely irrelevant and ignored by most people. I suppose that the only
> reason it is not done away with is that it has been hard coded into the
> unix from day one.

It's basically to allow people to work on shared projects (where the
project has a group) and have a sane default umask. See:

http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/1997/09/msg00715.html
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-7.3-Manual/ref-guide/s1-users-groups-private-groups.html

HTH,
Reid



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