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Why can't I access a directory that I should have access to by group? My user belongs to the group www-data, and the directory has permissions granted for this group. But I cannot access it.

markus@hemulen:~$ ls -la
drwxrwx--- 2 www-data www-data 4096 2009-10-11 21:28 test

markus@hemulen:~$ groups markus 
markus www-data admin

markus@hemulen:~$ cd test
-bash: cd: test: Permission denied
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If you just added yourself to the group, you have to log out and log back in again to get the change to apply. I've been caught by that many times...

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Thank you very much! Will remember this until next time – Znarkus Oct 12 '09 at 16:53

try just "groups" without "markus", to see if the current shell knows the groups you belong to.

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Thanks, useful! – Znarkus Oct 12 '09 at 16:53

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