[GTALUG] (question) What is the purpose of UID==GID?

James Knott james.knott at rogers.com
Mon Jan 11 07:11:29 UTC 2016

On 01/11/2016 03:30 AM, William Park wrote:
> Just curious...
> I noticed that distros tend to create user account with unique UID and
> unique GID (and usually both are the same id).  For example, UID=1000
> and GID=1000.
> What is the reason behind it?

As I understand it, it's so you can give some, but not all, other users
group access to your stuff.  With a common GID, it's everyone or no one.

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