More trivia: origin of the wheel group

Pete Ehlke pde at
Sat Dec 20 19:16:31 PST 2003

On Sat, Dec 20, 2003 at 06:26:01PM -0800, Jason C. Wells wrote:
> The guy who wrote the group functionality was both a buddhist and a
> Journey fan.  He was listening to "Wheel in the Sky" while trying to
> figure out a way to give more people administrative rights without giving
> too much access.  In a fit of enlightment, he came up with a special group
> for administrators.  Since they were the ones who kept things turning, it
> only seemed appropriate that "wheel" be immortalized in the /etc/group
> file.
> True story!
Uh huh.

The notion of 'wheel' existed well before Journey. It was certainly there
in TOPS-20: WHEEL was the group that had full system priveleges.

But it was a nice try :)


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