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NAME

setgid - set group identity

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Errors

SYNOPSIS

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>

"int setgid(gid_t "gid);

DESCRIPTION

setgid sets the effective group ID of the current process. If the caller is the superuser, the real and saved group ID’s are also set.

Under Linux, setgid is implemented like the POSIX version with the _POSIX_SAVED_IDS feature. This allows a setgid program that is not suid root to drop all of its group privileges, do some un-privileged work, and then re-engage the original effective group ID in a secure manner.

"RETURN VALUE"

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

EPERM The user is not the super-user (does not have the CAP_SETGID capability), and gid does not match the effective group ID or saved set-group-ID of the calling process.

"CONFORMING TO"

SVr4, SVID.

"SEE ALSO"

getgid(2), setregid(2), setegid(2)


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