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So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group.

When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file.

To avoid these errors, I was thinking of filing root as part of the staff user group, then I wouldn't have any issues.

Is this safe? Why shouldn't root be a part of all user groups?

  • root is already a member of the group staff. – fd0 Jan 25 '16 at 10:18

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