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Is it possible to disable file permissions on an ext3/4 file-system?

Just wondering if it's possible to completely disable or ignore file permissions on a ext3 or ext4 file system. Perhaps a mounting option?

I'm not concerned about the security implications as I would be doing this for testing and with removable media.

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Why would you want to remove file permissions from an ext3 or ext4 filesystem? They were built with POSIX file permissions in mind. If you are looking to use a filesystem with limited permissions options, perhaps something like FAT32 or exFAT would be better? –  Rob Gibson Mar 6 '13 at 21:09
I'm curious if there is a Linux native option –  Corey Mar 6 '13 at 21:10
It is a Linux-native option to use FAT32, as it is a supported filesystem. You simply need to use a filesystem which is not designed for POSIX systems, as those that are support file permissions. –  Rob Gibson Mar 6 '13 at 21:35
wouldn't $ sudo chmod -R 777 /your/filesystem do the trick? –  Red Cricket Mar 6 '13 at 21:47
@RedCricket that would be a workaround if the answer turns out to be no –  Corey Mar 6 '13 at 23:52

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No you can`t drop the file permissions for ext{2,3,4} file systems.

The only thing you can do is to set all files to 777 permission.

Just run:

 chmod a+rwX -R <mountpoint>
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Better make that chmod a+rwX -R <mountpoint> to not give spurious execute permissions. –  vonbrand Mar 7 '13 at 0:10
@vonbrand right –  H.-Dirk Schmitt Mar 7 '13 at 0:12

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