I really like the ability to switch users quickly in SUSE 9.1 by having each set up a separate X session. However, without co-operation from the first logged-in user, the second cannot access the sound devices.
Say, I log in as alistair, then:
alistair@irma:~> ls -l /dev/dsp0 crw------- 1 alistair audio 14, 0 2004-04-06 14:27 /dev/dsp0
Then, if another user logs in, they cannot access the audio device because they do not have permission to so do (and the mixer /dev/mixer0 is just the same).
The original user can chmod the devices to grant at least g+rw, but that is not really satisfactory. What would be much better is to ensure that audio devices had group read and write permissions by default, and preferably belonged to a "neutral" user (i.e. not a real user of the system).
Any ideas as to how this might be achieved?
The machines are not connected to the outside world, so security is not a problem (and all the local users know root's password anyway).
Thanks, Alistair -- Time is life: speed saves it. LJK Setright