transmit group set to a child under SUN Solaris

Posted on 2002-03-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
SUN Solaris 'exec' system call reset the current group set.

Does anybody know aworkaround for this?

the following chunk of code well explain the problem: the child process does not inherit the additional group. Under Linux and AIX it does, that is the code below works fine.

  if ((ngroups=getgroups(NGROUPS_MAX,array_of_gids))==-1){
    if (!silent)
      perror("ERROR! getgroups");
    return 10;

  /* Add a group to array of groups */
  array_of_gids[ngroups++]= <any group number you like>;
  if (setgroups(ngroups,array_of_gids)==-1){
    if (!silent)
      perror("ERROR! setgroups");
    return 2;


thank you all
Question by:mliberi
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Expert Comment

ID: 6868224
err, are you running as non-root with silent != 0

Author Comment

ID: 6876557
the chunk of code I submitted runs with effective user id ==0

silent is a flag used to optionally disable printing error messages to stderr. You can assume it to be FALSE.

The program executes the last command 'system("groups")', but the group previously added doesn't appear in the output generated by 'groups' command.

Accepted Solution

ecw earned 100 total points
ID: 6877036
Yep, I've checked it, and the man page for groups(1).  If you replace system("groups") with system("id -a") you might find it is in fact working.  groups(1) gets its info from /etc/passwd and /etc/group, not the current process context.

Author Comment

ID: 6890056

I'm glad to discover that my problem was so simple to solve.
thank you

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