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Old 03-21-2006, 01:56 AM   #1
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"setgid:Operation not permitted" after shadow install

Problem: After installing Shadow(v-4.0.9) /bin/su returns error "setgid:Operation not permitted". The /tools/bin/su still works

  1. Building LFS 6.1.1
  2. Hint #1:More Control and Package Management using Package Users (v1.2)
  3. Hint #2: How to build a LFS 6.1 system using the LFS live CD as your host OS.
  4. PATH = /bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/tools/bin
  5. Have not configured Shadow yet

File permissions:
/bin: -rwsr-xr-x Shadow Shadow su
/tools/bin: -r-sr-xr-x root root su

I searched through the forum found one thread pertaining to this issue, thought I had the solution, but post only recommended adding /usr/sbin to the PATH. Problem is, I already have that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 03-21-2006, 11:08 PM   #2
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chown of the /bin/su file to root shadow and it works. Anybody have anything else?
Old 04-06-2008, 05:23 PM   #3
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Thumbs up That Works

Originally Posted by proRandom View Post
chown of the /bin/su file to root shadow and it works. Anybody have anything else?
That worked for me. Thank you.
Old 10-21-2010, 10:48 PM   #4
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Saved me too! Thanks


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