what is operator group for?

Chris Whitehouse chris at childeric.freeserve.co.uk
Tue Jan 2 13:44:19 PST 2007

gs_stoller at juno.com wrote:
>>> can anyone tell me what the operator group is for, or docs where I can
>>> read about it? I see that /sbin/shutdown and /sbin/mk_snap_ffs are 
>>> both executable by members and various things in /dev/ are mountable
>>> by them.
>> My understanding is that group "operator" is intended for those who
>> deal with devices, e.g. running backups and monitoring printers.
> (snip)
> 	The answer above is correct.  I found the operator "group" described
> in "Essential System Administration" by AEleen Frisch which is
> published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
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Thanks for the pointer, excellent book, I believe I have a copy 
somewhere, I will have read.


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