Re: amandas group membership in FC6?

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Gene Heskett <[email protected]> wrote:


Despite the fact that the user 'amanda' is a member of the group 'disk',
all compilations and new files generated by the user amanda seem to be
owned by amanda:amanda instead of the expected amanda:disk.

The end result is that many of my backup operations are failing because
the amanda utility doesn't have perms to delete or write to files
actually owned by amanda:disk.

I just went thru all the directory trees amanda needs to access and
chowned everything back the way its supposed to be, but then I built the
20061124 tarball just now, and everything is still owned by


>From my  /etc/group file:

So I blew it away, called up KUsr and verified that amanda was indeed a
member of the group disk.  Even deleted the user and re-added it and made
sure this new copy of amanda was a member of the group disk.

Then as "amanda", I unpacked it again and rebuilt it, but I still have the
same problem.  Because none of the files are owned by amanda:disk, the
end result is several megs of dead, can't do a thing code that I'd just
as well not bother with the 'make install'.

Anything that amanda has touched over the last 4 days since I started
running it again has been converted to being owned by amanda:amanda, and
if the file existed, and was to be deleted as part of the housekeeping,
was not because the old file was owned by amanda:disk.  So my backups are
being slowly trashed because the indice files are not updatable.

Whats the deal with FC6 and its owner:group handling? Am I setting up the
user wrong or what?
You probably had the default of "Create private group for user" still checked when you created the user. When that's checked, the user gets created and the default group for the user is set to a new group with the same name as the user. You should still be able to change the default group to "disk" for your amanda user. I run Gnome so I can't help you with the details.
Dumb question: why didn't you just do a "yum install amanda
amanda-client"? It's much easier than building amanda and manually
setting up the user, etc.

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