[Adduser-devel] Bug#496683: Bug#496683: adduser assigns wrong group if setgid=set in parent

Stephen Gran sgran at debian.org
Tue Aug 26 20:10:30 UTC 2008

severity 496683 normal 

This one time, at band camp, Bob Goldberg said:
> Severity: important

Interesting, but doubtful.

> The home directory that adduser creates does not properly inherit the
> group name from its parent (when setgid is set).
> ie: In the adduser.conf file, I have DIR_MODE="2770", and the parent
> directory in which the user's dir. is created is mode=2771.  When
> adduser creates the home dir. its GID is set to the users' group, not
> the parent dir's group.  If DIR_MODE="0770", the users' dir. is not
> setgid=yes

Parse error.  Can you explain what you mean?

Adduser makes the directory, then chowns/chgrps it the new user and

I think you're trying to say that you expect to be able to set the
parent directory setgid, and the new home directories adduser creates
will also have this group (and/or be setgid) even when the config file
settings say to do something else.  If that's actually what you're
saying, I'm afraid it won't work like this.
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