/tmp mode/owner/group changes

Derrik Pates (dpates@cavern.nmsu.edu)
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 13:26:38 -0600 (MDT)

I am currently admining a Linux box (486DX/50, 32MB RAM 500MB HD, Tseng
ET4K/AX video card) which is acting as our mail server, and Web server,
and I occasionally run X on it (either locally or by remote thru XDM).
Today, I showed up at work, and people were having problems getting their
e-mail, and I traced it down to the owner, group and mode of the /tmp
directory being changed. I have no idea what would have changed that,
ohter then X, but the owner was just a UID number 5000-something, wheel
group, permissions 755. Any ideas what could have changed it? I had not
run X for 2-3 days, and hadn't had e-mail trouble recently (had sendmail
trouble, and the changing of the /tmp mode, owner and group before). I
just added a cron job so about midnight every night, the /tmp directory
will be changed back to its proper permissions, owner and group. If
there's a better solution, please let me know.

Derrik Pates

"Some help would be nice... Or a sandwich and a cold beer!!!"  --Boston Low,
                                                                 "The Dig"