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From: Grant Taylor via COFF <>
To: The Unix Heritage Society <>,
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Subject: [COFF] Will someone please explain the history and usage of gpasswd / newgrp / sg?
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 09:11:49 -0700	[thread overview]
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Will someone please explain the history and usage of gpasswd / newgrp / sg?

I've run across them again recently while reading old Unix texts.  I've 
been aware of them for years, but I've never actually used them for 
anything beyond kicking the tires.  So I figured that I'd inquire of the 
hive mind that is TUHS / COFF.

When was the concept of group passwords introduced?

What was the problem that group passwords were the solution for?

How common was the use of group passwords?

I ran into one comment indicating that they used newgrp to work around a 
limitation in the number of (secondary) groups in relation to an NFS 
implementation.  Specifically that the implementation of NFS they were 
using didn't support more than 16 groups.  So they would switch their 
primary group to work around this limit.

Does anyone have any interesting stories related to group passwords / 
gpasswd / newgrp / sg?

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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             reply	other threads:[~2021-11-15 16:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-11-15 16:11 Grant Taylor via COFF [this message]
2021-11-15 16:26 ` Arrigo Triulzi via COFF
2021-11-15 18:29 ` Clem Cole
     [not found]   ` <>
2021-11-15 18:51     ` [COFF] [TUHS] " Clem Cole
2021-11-15 18:54       ` Warner Losh
2021-11-15 18:56       ` Clem Cole
2021-11-15 20:17   ` arnold
2021-11-15 21:37     ` Clem Cole

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