gmirror and normal users?

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Fri Apr 8 15:00:31 UTC 2011

On 08/04/2011 16:43, Christopher Hilton wrote:
> Should a normal user be able to successfully:
>       $ gmirror remove /dev/mirror/gm0 /dev/ad6
> Or is this something that's just unlocked because I haven't mounted the drive yet?
> $ uname -a
> FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE #1: Wed Apr  6 13:09:37 EDT 2011     root at dagobah:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  i386
> $ id
> uid=1001(chris) gid=1001(chris) groups=1001(chris),0(wheel),5(operator),1000(users)

It is because of the "operator" group. Normal users which are not in 
this groups would not be able to do it.

If a user can communicate with the device (i.e. has at least "reads" 
rights to it), he can send GEOM commands to it. The operator group has 
read permissions by default:

lara:~> ll /dev/mirror/
total 0
crw-r-----  1 root  operator    0, 150  8 Apr 16:55 bla

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