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Old 02-27-2005, 04:23 PM   #1
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group owner etc

In 10.1 what group should the files and dirs belong to for your home directory?

I have a lot of files belong to group 501 should they not belong to george as below

user = george


ls -al

drwx------ 3 501 george 12 Feb 27 17:03 Desktop/


what should be owner george group george and what is 501????
Old 02-27-2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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a) what is "10.1" ? There is no "linux 10.1" i know about :-)

b) 501 is the GID (Group ID), the numeric representation of group membership.
if you want it to have a name just add a group with GID 501 (by tools or by editing /etc/group) OR by "chgrp" (man chgrp) on your fiiles/directories.

c) correct group permissions depend on your needs - do you want group members to be able to read/write/delete your files ? read "man chmod" for more details.
Old 02-27-2005, 09:14 PM   #3
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a) Since this is the mandrake forum we'll assume mandrake 10.1

the user and groups would normally be your username... You could change them to that with a chgrp -R or whatever... Not sure why they got the 501
Old 02-27-2005, 09:26 PM   #4
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Sorry - didn't see the Mandrake forum, was answering from the start page of

you get the numeric group id if

a) you add the "-n" option to ls
b) the numeric group ID of the file is not found in /etc/group (or other pam-configured sources)


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