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Old 01-04-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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New group for special priviledges


I'm using kppp to access the internet and would like to be able to use it without having to use the root password.

I've created a new group:
Code:
# groupadd internet
to create a new group (gid=501 - should I have used the -r flag to make it a system account?)

I've tried to add myself to this group by (after reading the man page) giving the following command:
Code:
[root@localhost ~]# adduser -G internet linmix
bash: adduser: command not found
[root@localhost ~]# whereis useradd
useradd: /usr/sbin/useradd /usr/share/man/man8/useradd.8.gz
So in the end I did it using the Gnome user manager (why idnt' my command work?)

Then I tried the following:
Code:
# chown root:internet /usr/bin/kppp
# ls -l /usr/bin/ | grep kppp
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root          13 dic 25 12:14 kppp -> consolehelper
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root root      181580 sep 30 00:53 kppplogview
... no reaction because kppp is only a link?
So I did
Code:
chown root:internet /usr/bin/consolehelper
# ls -l /usr/bin/ | grep consolehelper
<snip>
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root internet    5636 oct 20 11:15 consolehelper
<snip>
I managed to change the group, but when I try to start kppp I still need to give the root password.

What am I doing wrong and how can I give myself access to kppp without making it free to all?
 
Old 01-04-2005, 06:37 PM   #2
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Note that "useradd" is not the same as "adduser" (see your code)
To add your user to the "internet" group: perhaps you could edit your /etc/group file and append your username to the group (see also "man group")
Just a thought.
 
Old 01-06-2005, 05:48 AM   #3
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strangely enough "man adduser" takes me to the manpage of useradd.

ANyway, I alrady managed to add myself to the new group through the GUI user manager (see my post).

The question remains: how do I make kppp available without root priviledges to a specific number of users?
 
Old 01-06-2005, 06:53 AM   #4
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Allow the internet group access to kppp
Code:
chgrp internet /path/to/kppp
All the internet group access to /dev/modem (your may be different)
Code:
chgrp internet /dev/modem
Allow them executable access to kppp
Code:
chmod g+x /path/to/kppp
At this point, it should be donw. Although, they might need read, or even executabel access to /dev/modem, so if that doesn't wrok this this:
Code:
chmod g+r /dex/modem
Then this
[code]chmod g+x /dev/modem]
 
Old 01-06-2005, 02:44 PM   #5
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WOrking on it. Thnx!
 
  


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