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Linux 2.6 - man page for newgrp (linux section 1)

NEWGRP(1)				  User Commands 				NEWGRP(1)

NAME
       newgrp - log in to a new group

SYNOPSIS
       newgrp [-] [group]

DESCRIPTION
       The newgrp command is used to change the current group ID during a login session. If the
       optional - flag is given, the user's environment will be reinitialized as though the user
       had logged in, otherwise the current environment, including current working directory,
       remains unchanged.

       newgrp changes the current real group ID to the named group, or to the default group
       listed in /etc/passwd if no group name is given.  newgrp also tries to add the group to
       the user groupset. If not root, the user will be prompted for a password if she does not
       have a password (in /etc/shadow if this user has an entry in the shadowed password file,
       or in /etc/passwd otherwise) and the group does, or if the user is not listed as a member
       and the group has a password. The user will be denied access if the group password is
       empty and the user is not listed as a member.

       If there is an entry for this group in /etc/gshadow, then the list of members and the
       password of this group will be taken from this file, otherwise, the entry in /etc/group is
       considered.

CONFIGURATION
       The following configuration variables in /etc/login.defs change the behavior of this tool:

       SYSLOG_SG_ENAB (boolean)
	   Enable "syslog" logging of sg activity.

FILES
       /etc/passwd
	   User account information.

       /etc/shadow
	   Secure user account information.

       /etc/group
	   Group account information.

       /etc/gshadow
	   Secure group account information.

SEE ALSO
       id(1), login(1), su(1), sg(1), gpasswd(1), group(5), gshadow(5).

User Commands				    06/24/2011					NEWGRP(1)


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