implications of adding root to a group

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Thu Aug 23 15:26:31 UTC 2012

On Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:51:10 -0700
Krims G <krimskrims at> wrote:

> Hello, I've been looking at the /etc/group and have noticed that some
> groups have root included in them, for example "operator". Is it not
> implied that root has access to all things and groups? What is the purpose
> of adding root to a group? If I add root to some new arbitrary group, what
> does it result in differently than if I do not add root to that group?

	The root user has the ability to ignore file permissions, but not
the ability to subvert group membership tests in scripts or programs.

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