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Python | os.setgroups() method

  • Last Updated : 25 Jun, 2019

OS module in Python provides functions for interacting with the operating system. OS comes under Python’s standard utility modules. This module provides a portable way of using operating system dependent functionality.

All functions in os module raise OSError in the case of invalid or inaccessible file names and paths, or other arguments that have the correct type, but are not accepted by the operating system.

os.setgroups() method in Python is used to set the list of supplemental group ids associated with the current process to specified list.

supplementary group IDs: In Unix systems, every user must be a member of at least one group called primary group. It is also possible for a user to be listed as member of additional groups in the relevant entries in the group database. The IDs of these additional groups are called supplementary group IDs

Note: os.setgroups() method is available only on UNIX systems and functionality of this method is typically available only to the superuser.
Superuser means a root user or an administrative user who has all the permissions to run or execute any program in the operating system.



Syntax: os.setgroups(groups)

Parameter:
groups: The list of supplemental group IDs to be set. Each element of the list must be an integer representing a group.

Return Type: This method does not return any value.

Code: Use of os.setgroups() method




# Python program to explain os.setgroups() method 
  
# importing os module 
import os
  
# Get the list of supplemental
# group IDs associated with
# the current process 
# using os.getgroups() method
sgid = os.getgroups()
  
# Print the list
print("Supplemental group IDs associated with the current process:")
print(sgid)
  
new_sgid = [ 20, 30, 40, 50]
  
# Set the list of supplemental 
# group IDs for the current process
# using os.setgroups() method 
os.setgroups(new_sgid) 
  
  
# Get the list of supplemental
# group IDs associated with
# the current process
sgid = os.getgroups()
  
# Print the list
print("New supplemental group IDs associated with the current process:")
print(sgid)
Output:
Supplemental group IDs associated with the current process:
[0]
New supplemental group IDs associated with the current process:
[20, 30, 40, 50]

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