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SETGID(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		     SETGID(2)



NAME
       setgid - set group identity

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

       int setgid(gid_t gid);

DESCRIPTION
       setgid()	 sets  the  effective group ID of the calling process.	If the
       caller is privileged (has the CAP_SETGID capability), the real GID  and
       saved set-group-ID are also set.

       Under  Linux,  setgid()	is implemented like the POSIX version with the
       _POSIX_SAVED_IDS feature.  This allows a set-group-ID program  that  is
       not  set-user-ID-root  to drop all of its group privileges, do some un-
       privileged work, and then reengage 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
       EINVAL The group ID specified in gid is not valid in this  user	names-
	      pace.

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

CONFORMING TO
       POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4.

NOTES
       The  original  Linux  setgid()  system call supported only 16-bit group
       IDs.  Subsequently, Linux 2.4 added setgid32() supporting  32-bit  IDs.
       The glibc setgid() wrapper function transparently deals with the varia-
       tion across kernel versions.

   C library/kernel differences
       At the kernel level, user IDs and group IDs are a per-thread attribute.
       However,	 POSIX	requires  that all threads in a process share the same
       credentials.  The  NPTL	threading  implementation  handles  the	 POSIX
       requirements  by	 providing  wrapper  functions	for the various system
       calls that change process  UIDs	and  GIDs.   These  wrapper  functions
       (including  the	one  for  setgid()) employ a signal-based technique to
       ensure that when one thread  changes  credentials,  all	of  the	 other
       threads in the process also change their credentials.  For details, see
       nptl(7).

SEE ALSO
       getgid(2), setegid(2),  setregid(2),  capabilities(7),  credentials(7),
       user_namespaces(7)

COLOPHON
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       latest	  version     of     this    page,    can    be	   found    at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



Linux				  2015-07-23			     SETGID(2)