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From: Michael Weber <xmw@g.o>
Subject: Re: Do we need games group and all that game prefixes?
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 22:29:28 +0200
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On 05/20/2012 07:22 PM, Dan Douglas wrote:

> I'd put money on there not being a single admin who has ever used
> the games group to control access to games. Games really have no
> business being on a system where anything like that is a
> requirement to begin with.
We (students council) use pam_ldap for users and primary groups and
pam_group w/ /etc/security/group.conf for secondary groups like
video,sound,games.

We actually considered restricting the games group to certain login
times (i.e. after 18 pm ) to prevent our fellow students from gaming
during office hours, but that just lead to long time sessions
over-night. Since group memberships are evaluated on session creation.

I can imagine some multi-user setups (parents/children) were some user
shouldn't play games-fps/* at all.
But who actually shares a computer these days.

One real benefit of extra groups is some chmod g+s hack for e.g. skype
in combination with firewall rules restricting outbound connections.
http://soup.xmw.de/post/151673185/Restricting-Skype-on-Gentoo

Have a nice day ...

- --
Gentoo Dev
http://xmw.de/
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