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Linux (Ubuntu) filter: Why aren't my login supplementary groups correct?

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04. My system is set up to use NIS and autofs. I am able to login and get to nfs-mounted filesystems w/o problem. However my login is just reporting one group membership (as per the 'id' command) whereas it should be reporting 15. I've found that if I su to myself ('su - luge') then all the groups appear. I've also found that if I ssh to another system and ssh back to my system then I only get one group, but if I ssh to another system and *telnet* back to my system then all the groups appear. I've also found that the getgroups(0, NULL) syscall behaves accordingly, returning 1 or 15 depending on the above. Is this some kind of process inheritance issue?
posted by luge on Feb 2, 2012 - 16 answers

The Internet is a series of tubes, right?

IT Manager Interview help! Crash course resources and interview tips wanted. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jan 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me help my colleague

My colleague uses a Windows editor for writing code and a Unix system to run it. He has practical issues with version control. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by knz on Jan 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Zoom H4N Linux

How does the Zoom H4N play with (Arch)Linux? [more inside]
posted by beshtya on Jan 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Disk cloning basics using dd in Linux

Backing up a possibly-about-to-die hard drive and putting it on a new drive, using dd in Linux - a few questions regarding how the cloning works. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jan 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me design a home server.

Help me design a home server for Photoshop work. Reliable, easy to expand, and cheap are the priorities. Lots of sub-questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scose on Dec 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Flash problems with Chrome/Linux

Problems with my netbook that I don't understand! Linux/Chrome/Flash...details inside. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Dec 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a community/forum where I can learn more about networking, code, security, and OS-independent CS topics

I'm looking for a forum where I can ask questions about networking, security, coding, operating systems, web design, etc. There are many of these out there, but I'd like to find a single community which covers all these topics more or less equally (so it isn't a Linux forum with a small section on BSD, or a coding forum with a small section on networking). I'd like it to be the sort of forum where users stay around for several years as they learn and contribute at different levels, with high literacy and education-to-spam levels. Could I have your recommendations please?
posted by westerly on Dec 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Aligning a mic and audio buddy with Mint Linux

Great mic, nice pre-amp, sound card completely incompatible with Linux. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

PC for a semi-senile friend

My semi-senile older friend needs a computer just for email and web, but keeps messing with Windows cfgs, viruses, spam etc. a support nightmare/comedy. Is there a recommended Linux or Windows distrib for a 5-year old PC, that stays the same with every reboot, support for web and email only, prevents messing with OS, and remote support ability?
posted by stbalbach on Dec 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Need a linux and mac compatible external hard drive please!

I need help selecting an external hard drive that will work to backup a linux with some rather large files on it and still be usable with a mac for occasional data storage. I'd like it to be at least 2 TB and vaguely reasonable in price. I've tried just searching for a hard drive online, but there seems to be some Mac and Linux specific things (or at least used to be) that may cause me problems, so I thought I'd ask for some guidance.
posted by katers890 on Nov 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Choose-my-laptop-filter

Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Best distrubution for Linux VPS?

I run a couple of django-based websites/webapps. What OS should I use for my VPS? The most important thing is security and easy installation of packages (including dependencies). I also prefer a system that is easy to maintain. Security is more important, but if all else is equal I would specifically love something with easy to make init-scripts. I know I can install third party packages to do just about anything, but I prefer a batteries-included approach if it exists. [more inside]
posted by davar on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Testing rdesktop.

Is there a public test Windows XP machine online somewhere I can remote into with rdesktop and tsclient? I am trying to see how it is going to look and work when I remote into work machines on this Ubuntu box, but these are not yet set up. Other Windows are fine too. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Nov 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me use an old laptop to play music on

Help me use my malware-d laptop as a music storage device with minimal investment. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

computer careers for the un(der) educated?

Thinking about the future. What certifications, courses, qualifications, etc. should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Recommend a newbie friendly book for linux networking

I am learning in college about setting up and configuring Slackware Linux and I am looking for a newbie friendly book. Areas covered includes FTP, telnet, Samba, NFS, Email, port mappers/scanners. While there are certainly many books out there, Slackware appears to be a fair bit different from most other debian and redhat based distros so I am not sure about a) what would be a good book and b) a book that is relevant for Slackware Linux. Could anyone suggest an excellent book suitable for Slackware and covering these networking areas in newbie friendly terms. Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Oct 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Scripting exercises and tech interview theory?

Help me prep as an applicant in an imaginary interview for a junior programming position centered around Linux shell scripts, PHP, and Python, with an emphasis on processing text and URLs (availability, routing, etc). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Boot Camp

I have a Toshiba laptop that seems to no longer like booting various linux os's. Ideas for how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 12, 2011 - 16 answers

Must craft mines

How can I improve my computer's performance enough to play Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by Made of Star Stuff on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Best cheap hardware for Linux-based webcam system?

The makerspace I belong to has a webcam but the system doesn't work very well; it's just an iSight plugged into a Mac mini. I'd like to set up a dedicated headless linux box with a bunch of cheap USB cameras instead. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Can iPod 4th-gen Shuffles play nicely with Ubuntu?

I received a 4th-gen iPod Shuffle as a gift and I'm running Ubuntu. Marriage made in hell? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Advice on website hosting

Who do you recommend for small-scale web hosting? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Sep 24, 2011 - 24 answers

How can I help my dad get the most out of his Garmin GPS that I just gave him?

I just gave my dad a Garmin etrex legend hcx for his birthday. I have a mac, he uses Ubuntu. Could anyone help me help him get the maps that he needs to make his new tool as useful as possible for him? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Sep 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Input Not Supported?

Getting an error after upgrading Ubuntu on dual-boot system (Vista x64). [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Sep 17, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I set my Windows computer's audio out to go to my Linux computer?

I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
posted by jsturgill on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me retrieve my data

Help! Repartitioning failed, can't see the contents of my partition, and it has all sorts of important, un-backed-up things on it. [more inside]
posted by BungaDunga on Sep 3, 2011 - 13 answers

What's the best word processor for Linux?

What Linux-compatible word processor should I be using? Looking for a LibreOffice/OpenOffice alternative... [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Knowledgebase recommendations

Knowledgebase software recommendations needed - what software are you using to maintain a knowledgebase for your customers? [more inside]
posted by ralan on Aug 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Faster, Linuxcat, Kill! Kill!

Persistent Linux Live USBs- I want to be be able to plug in at will, to do basic stuff. I want to hear from folks who have used them. [more inside]
posted by yeloson on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Linux Netbook Happiness?

Linux netbook filter: So, I'm looking for a fairly inexpensive Linux netbook - mostly to websurf and do some light data-processing. I've looked around and the ZaReason, Inc. Teo Pro looks good for the price point. Do you agree? What upgrades seem worth the price? [more inside]
posted by driley on Jul 25, 2011 - 12 answers

One Netbook Per Child

Help me build a Linux-based system for a 3 year old. [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Why so last century?

Why are "i386" drivers supplied, and not 64-bit, for things like printer drivers? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Linux for a 2007 MacBook Pro?

What version of Linux should I consider dual booting on my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 15, 2011 - 13 answers

[UbuntuFilter] Hate Computers, Love Computer Science

I have recently become the defacto sysadmin for a number of Ubuntu machines, and it has become painfully obvious that I don't really know what I'm doing. Can you recommend resources for me to better understand how Linux works? Please note that I am not at all interested in this for its own sake, but only because I need to know this to be able to do the fun parts of my job. [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic on Jul 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Install your own OS on a VPS?

VPS providers that allow you to install the OS from ISO? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

A natty downgrade

How to downgrade ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by quaisi on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Persistant Vista rootkit infection - virus scanners aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Tracking down and killing a virus - my virus scanner (Avast) is telling me scvhost.exe keeps trying to open malicious URLs. It also tells me I have a rootkit in the MBR. It doesn't seem capable of fixing either of these problems. What can I do? Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Nubuntu

I'm nu tu ubuntu. Wut du? [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 24, 2011 - 33 answers

windows upgrade with a linux partition

My computer is dual booting Windows Vista and Ubuntu. I have gotten a Windows 7 upgrade disc and want to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. Will the upgrade have any effect on the Linux side of the partition or will it just change the Windows side of the partition from Vista to 7 leaving Ubuntu unscathed? What happens with GRUB?
posted by moorooka on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Linux sysadmin -> DevOps

CareerFilter: Early thirties, 10+ years of Linux admin experience, how do I break into something different? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me perform forensics on a Linux botnet member.

Please share your resources and tips for analyzing a compromised Linux system for information about the attack. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on May 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Laptop goes black after BIOS. Was working minutes ago. What happened?

Was fiddling with the eject settings on my laptop (didn't solve my problem, cd is still stuck in the drive no matter what i do), when I decided to reboot out of ubuntu and disable the drive altogether in the BIOS. Now almost as soon as the BIOS appear, everything goes black, though the computer is still clearly on. Help! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I build a cloud based file server for Adobe's InCopy?

How can I build a cloud based file server for Adobe's InCopy? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on May 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Can I use an old laptop without a harddisk as a seedbox?

I was using an old laptop as a low wattage seedbox at home and the internal HD just died. I was wondering if I could get it running without having to replace the drive, using a linux live disk, or something of the kind. [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist on May 12, 2011 - 5 answers

How to get my Dell Ubuntu server to boot from a different drive?

I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
posted by migurski on Apr 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Help Ubuntu blindness!

How do I get Ubuntu Linux to recognize my plugin USB DVD/RW drive? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Apr 23, 2011 - 4 answers

What do I do with an incredibly old laptop?

I have a Thinkpad 755c, dating from 1995 or so. Is there anything remotely useful/interesting I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Apr 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Linux flavor for old laptop

I have an old IBM Thinkpad T30-2366-21U 1.6 Ghz 256 Mb ram, came with Windows 2000 Pro SP4 which MS no longer supports. I wonder which Linux distro would be a good fit for this machine to get a little more useful life out of it. Thanks for your opinion.
posted by ackptui on Apr 15, 2011 - 11 answers

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