Bug 12213 - "group utmp does not exist - using root" in gnome-libs install
"group utmp does not exist - using root" in gnome-libs install
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-libs (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jonathan Blandford
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Reported: 2000-06-13 13:59 EDT by Telsa Gwynne
Modified: 2013-04-02 00:13 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-06-22 00:08:57 EDT
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Description Telsa Gwynne 2000-06-13 13:59:34 EDT
I have absolutely no idea how big, small or non a problem this is,
but from /tmp/install.log after an install of Winston: 

Installing gnome-libs.
group utmp does not exist - using root

No clue what this is about. Sorry.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2000-06-13 21:36:13 EDT
/usr/sbin/gnome-pty-helper is sgid utmp on a RH 6.2 install which gives it
permissions to write to the utmp file.  Not having a group utmp makes it
impossible for GNOME based programs which use gnome-pty-helper (eg
gnome-terminal) to update utmp information as to the user login.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2000-06-14 12:04:38 EDT
Basically, the package needs to prereq whichever package creates
the group (either utempter or initscripts, IIRC.)
Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2000-06-22 00:08:55 EDT
Not seeing this error on beta2, although the package doesn't prereq utempter
(which does create the group).
Comment 4 Jeremy Katz 2000-07-14 00:21:29 EDT
also not seeing this in beta3, so closing the bug

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