[Slackbuilds-users] HAL 'plugdev' system-group (ivman/pmount)

Alan Hicks alan at lizella.net
Thu May 17 00:22:42 UTC 2007

Patrick J. Volkerding wrote:
> BTW, this "The Man" thing was a bad joke played on me by my webmasters 
> at Walnut Creek CDROM that's gone on for a long time...  ;-)

As an old friend of mine used to say, "I'm tired of being The Man!  Why
don't you be The Man for a change?"

> I'd say it all hinges on security.  If a normal user mounts a CD, the 
> fstab applies all kinds of restrictions to it (or should).  OTOH, I have 
> no idea if we were to reuse "cdrom" if someone could come along with a 
> stick of flash memory with a setuid root binary, stick it in, and run 
> it.  Or, if the setuid bits would be removed.

Well, the admin is going to have to setup fstab for this anyhow, right?
 (Or does HAL somehow screw with that?  I'm _really_ not up on HAL and
the more I hear about it the less I like it.)

> "plugdev" wouldn't be my favorite group name, but when things get ugly 
> when you exceed 8 characters it leaves few good choices.  If that's what 
> at least one distro that's implemented HAL before us uses, I'm not 
> opposed to adding the group to Slackware.  Safety first.  :-)

Yeah, "plugdev" sounds too much like a group for plugin developers.  I
would have gone with "plugger" myself. :^)

As for adding it to Slackware, that is of course, your prerogative.  At
SBo, we have a little list of users and groups that are required by some
of our scripts.


Robby and I came up with that late one night at a middle school while
re-building cardinal.  It's a long story. :^)  Anyhow, if the group is
required for any of our stuff, we'll implement it independently until
such time as it is in Slackware, and then we'll change it.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise,
Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:5

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