[users-admin] users & groups: should have some mention than a session restart is required to apply a group change

Bug #48262 reported by Brad Allen on 2006-06-03
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gksu

I'm running Ubuntu Dapper Drake, and created a user called "svn" using the GUI tool found under System->Administration->Users and Groups. I noted that along with this user called "svn" a group of the same name was consequently auto-created. I pressed ok to close.

Next, I decided to add my own account, "ballen", to the group "svn".

Once again, I opened the Users and Groups GUI, then found the group "svn" under the Groups tab. I doubleclicked the "svn" group, then added the "ballen" user to the "svn" group. I then pressed ok to close and closed the Users and Groups GUI.

I quickly discovered that my "ballen" account did not have the priveleges of being a member of the "svn" group. When I typed the "id" command while logged in as "ballen", the "svn" group was nowhere among the list.

After a reboot, the change took effect, and the id command showed "ballen" to be a member of "svn".

Hopefully, you will consider this a bug. It caused me considerable consternation as I suspect it will others.


Sebastian Heinlein (glatzor) wrote :

Generally group changes are only applied on relogin.

Perhaps this should be mentioned on a more central place.

Changed in gksu:
status: Unconfirmed → Rejected

>Generally group changes are only applied on relogin.
>Perhaps this should be mentioned on a more central place.

How about in a dialog box informing the user? After all, GUIs are
supposed to help users who may not be so advanced or have read

You should file a bug report in GNOME's bugzilla.

Changed in gksu:
status: Rejected → Confirmed

I've forwarded the issue upstream: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=343809

Changed in gnome-system-tools:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
Changed in gst:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Xiegai, thanks for your patch.

Please consider forwarding it upstream (https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=343809), where it belongs.

Additionally, I suggest fixing the message:
"It is strongly recommended that you restart system for the changes to take effect."
"It is strongly recommended that you restart the system for the changes to take effect."


tags: added: patch
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Also, it should suggest logging out and in first, because that's easier/faster than rebooting.

Changed in gst:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

I've unsubscribed sponsors: this is getting discussed at the gnome bugtracker, and should come into Ubuntu via Gnome.

Changed in gst:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Changed in gnome-system-tools (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody
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