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title='Add initgroups to the posix/os modules'updated_at=<Date2009-12-02.20:47:25.342>user='https://bugs.python.org/exarkun'
initgroups(2) is a function for initializing the aux group id list from
site-specific configuration (typically /etc/groups, but not necessarily).
Attached is a patch based on some code from Zope, expanded to have a
test and some docs. Presumably Zope will be happy to use this function
from the stdlib once they can depend on a version of Python which
includes it. Twisted would like to as well.
I wasn't able to test the autoconf related parts of the patch as I don't
have easy access to autoconf 2.61.
I also can't run regrtest.py in my environment for some reason. It
fails to import some names from test_support. So I didn't run the unit
test that I added, either.
The documentation is os.rst is too laconic (coming from the Windows
world, I could not understand what the function is about).
The docstring is much better (at least I understand it's related to the
Unix security model), I suggest to use it for the documentation.