>Should I add myself as a member of the group 'root'? It's a home machine
>so I'm not really worried about security. I just thought it might save
>be from becoming root a few times. Really the problem is that I have a
>separate partition called /d that has tons of junk and data and I want
>to be able to access that as myself. I can chown -R it to say 'nobody'
>and put myself in that grroup?
>What would you do?
I don't know if you can add yourself to the group root or not, but I
wouldn't even if you can... I have a separate disk that I use for
periodic backups, and I simply created a backup group in /etc/groups
and added myself to that group. Then I chowned that mount point's
(and subdirs) group to backup and changed permissions appropriately.
This seems to be the type of behavior you're looking for.
Now, if you're wondering about being able to mount/umount a particular
partion - that's an entirely different issue.