Permissions are the unix way of controlling access to resources such as files, directories and devices and may be specified for an owner, group, or all users.

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Using scp to transfer files to an android device

I have a file on a remote server that I want to transfer to my android device over ssh, only using the android device in the process. Using this setup, I tried an scp from the android device ...
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Why can't mv preserve permissions when moving between Android SD cards?

After mounting both SD cards on an Android phone using the "USB mass storage" mode I keep getting these messages when moving files between them: mv: failed to preserve ownership for ‘/.../foo’: ...
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Find directories and files with permissions other than 775 / 664

I am moving a website from one server to another and Git does not store metadata such as file permissions. I need to find the directories and files that are not 775 / 664 respectively. Right now, I'm ...
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Desktop app run by admin user (but not explicitly with sudo) takes file ownership of shared file

Similar to http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15143614/file-ownership-changes-to-root-after-saving-from-a-program-in-ubuntu but I can't use the answer since I'm not running a command-line app as sudo. ...
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How can I tell why I have permissions to read a file? [closed]

Here's what I just noticed on my CentOS SSH account: stat output $ stat /dev/kvm File: `/dev/kvm' Size: 0 Blocks: 0 IO Block: 4096 character special file Device: ...
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Symbolic link permission changes [duplicate]

I would like to change the symbolic permission[lrwxrwxrwx] to 755. I've used the command to try and change the permissions and it's not working. $ chmod -R 755 symbolic link folder
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Permission denied when running logrotate with anacron

I am trying to figure out what is causing anacron to send me the following error message: /etc/cron.daily/logrotate: /var/log/mariadb/mariadb.log-20140710.gz: Permission denied error: error running ...
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sudo chown -R $USER:admin /usr/local - revert back to ROOT?

On OS X, but may also apply to *NIX. This question was asked/answered previously, and I know it's safe to chown on /usr/local for my admin user account, which I've done to install git with homebrew ...
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server migration experiments

At our premise, we are going to have to migrate some servers. I'm making some experiments for try to make all the silly stuff before put hands on real servers. I got 2 raspberry Pi, installed ...
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Give a specific user permissions to a device without giving access to other users

I have a card reader attached on /dev/sdb. What I do is giving all permissions to owner, group and the rest of the world, using: sudo chmod 777 /dev/sdb Can I just use another combination, ...
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How do I properly allow user jenkins to write to a specific directory under user minecraft home directory?

I am using Jenkins, I want to copy a file from the Jenkins directory in to the minecraft user directory, but I am not sure how to go about this, as when I run cp build/versions/*.info ...
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Why ssh-agent group ownership is not root

Trying to understand why ssh-agent has sgid bit and found this post ssh-agent has sgid I have another question, why the group ownership of ssh-agent is nobody not root? What is the reason behind it? ...
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View List of Sudoers with No Sudo Priviledges

If I'm not a sudoer, is it possible to view the list sudoers? Does /etc/group show this information?
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Why do some applications stop working when permissions are changed in /usr/bin?

On OS X, a friend of mine changed the permissions on /usr/bin recursively using Finder, in order to grand write access to everyone. Here is how it's done: Go to /usr/bin in Finder, then mess with ...
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How to ignore -ls errors in find

I'm writing a find command to look for files or folders with broken permissions (files should be rw, directories rwx) and trying to ls -l (give or take) the results. The following find command looks ...
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Is it viable to have a file with 700 permissions?

I have been wondering about the following thing: Consider Pc A. Pc A has n users. There is a folder with one file per user. There is some sensitive information for each usere there, so you don't ...
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777'd some files. How do I repair SSH?

So I'm messing around on a test server and accidentally ran the following (which resulting in SSH breaking): # chmod -R 777 /var Because it's a test server, I'd rather not re-install right now, I ...
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How to give Windows partions' file execute permission

I have installed Linux Mint 17 and Windows 8, as dual boot. 500GB hard disk has 5 partitions. Two of them are NTFS and the other 3 are ext4 partitions. When I log into Windows, I can not see any ...
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Copy file from USB drive to a desktop loaded via a LiveCD

I have booted my computer using a LiveCD and want to copy a file from a USB drive to the LiveCD loaded desktop. I want to copy a file from the USB drive to the desktop environment in memory, which ...
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What are the world writable directories by default?

In a standard Linux filesystem, which of these common directories are world-writable by default? /tmp /etc /var /proc /bin /boot /.... .... Why are they world-writable? Does that pose ...
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Limit program execution to a list of arguments

I would like that my Unix users can only run a specific command insecurecommand with a controlled list of arguments stored in a file. The only solution I have found at this time is to : Create a ...
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Why does file ownership matter within an RPM or DEB package?

Context: I'm trying to convert a .deb package to .rpm using alien, I use this command: $ alien -r foo.deb but it complains thusly: > Warning: alien is not running as root! > Warning: ...
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No elevated permissions when using GUI applications on i3 wm

I'm running Lubuntu 13.10 with the i3 window manager. Tasks that need elevated permissions, like installing applications from the lubuntu software center or using the gnome-disks, complain about not ...
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Give user permission to rm without password or sudo

I'm trying to give the ubuntu user on my machine the ability to rm folders and files (mainly in the /www/ folder) without the need to invoke a password or the need to use sudo. I've been following ...
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Can't create a+r file

Using Debian I am unable to create files that by default has read permission for all users. For example: # umask 0002 # touch test # ls -l test -rw-rw----+ 1 user user 0 Jun 25 18:18 test Is there ...
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Permissions under a 700 (rwx------) directory

If a directory /foo/bar/baz has 700 (rwx------) for its permissions, thereby making it inaccessible to all but its owner (and the superuser), does it matter what the "group" and "other" permissions ...
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Git / Jenkins permission problem

OS: Ubuntu server 10.04 LTS I have a strange issue going on with permissions and can't seem to track down what is causing it. The setup is as follows: Git Repository folders (and files in them) are ...
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Why can't I chmod these files that I could earlier?

I was trying to add execute permissions to sh files in a folder. For that I mistakenly used: find . -print0 -iname '*.sh' | xargs -0 chmod -v 744 and the output was : mode of `.' changed from 0755 ...
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Issue on created folder permissions: temporary flag

I have a strange issue with directory permissions. From within a C++ app, I create a folder with: mkdir( "foldername", 777 ); But I got into an issue when attempting to create a file in that ...
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Give read-only access to specific folders?

I would like to give read-only access to a user but I want him/her to see only the exact folders I give access. for example he/she shouldn't travel around all the server and browse to all users ...
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How can I create files in my home directory without root?

I created a user, then using root I created a folder for him. The folder has the same name as the user. When I am logged in as the user, I cannot create files or edit existing ones without using ...
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Easiest way to sandbox an user

I'd like to sandbox a user so that they can only read files under /media/shared/somefolder. What's the easiest way to accomplish this? Users/groups? ACL? AppArmor? Some context: Plex Media Server is ...
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Traffic Control user permission

My users need to emulate packet loss on RTP video streams to achieve visual effects. We are in a artistic environment and don't worry about security. The application works only as super user. I ...
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checking sendmail status as NON root user

I am in the process of converting to CentOS 6.5 from 5.5 and need a way to check if sendmail is on or not. For reasons I don't want to go through, I need to be able to check if sendmail is ON as a ...
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How do I limit local user file system access? What is the best method?

I have a Linux installation with a default user and an admin user (and root). On startup, the default user is automatically logged in and a particular application is launched. My intention is to ...
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Minimum file permissions to delete a file [duplicate]

To delete a file in Linux: What minimal permissions do we need to set on it? What minimal permissions do we need to set on its parent directory?
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User permissions problem Linux

Every time I create a new file from "eclipse", I need to run these two lines of code to get the r/w permission: chmod -R 775 /var/www/folder/filename.extension And/Or sudo chown -R ...
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Permissions changing on few files under /etc/

It appears that new permissions on /etc/issue and /etc/motd are reverting back to the original even if we change them. This is on systems running RHEL 5 and RHEL 6. Is there any rc script which ...
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Write-only permission for a directory doesn't allow to rename (move) files inside?

In fact, I would like to ask more general question -- "what does write permission for a directory allow you to do exactly?" -- but let's approach it with a concrete example. It is a long question, if ...
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How is file owner and group remembered for an external drive?

I formatted an external hard drive with an ext4 partition and subsequently mounted it. So that I could use the new partition, I did: sudo chown me:me /mount/directory to change the file owner and ...
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Trying To Get Data From Server HDD

I had two CentOS 6.5 servers that I was running using the Plesk control panel. I have moved and decided not to use them no more but just buy my hosting. My new ISP blocks port 80 and the cost is ...
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/etc/init.d permissions issue

We are trying to harden our Linux Redhat 5 servers and one of the findings is for the /etc/init.d. The security finding is requiring that we chmod it to 700 or more restrictive. Please see the ...
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Java plugin not working with FireFox 24.3.0 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10

In the about:plugin tab, there is not Java plugin. I have created the symbolic link as suggested. The output of the 'ls -al' command is: lrwxrwxrwx 1 shehab shehab 58 Jun 4 11:21 libnpjp2.so -> ...
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Vim Error E138: Can't write viminfo file $HOME/.viminfo!

I'm afraid I've run into something rather strange. When I open a file normally, vim README.txt, everything is fine. But upon sudo vim README.txt, the file renders blank, and gives me a E138: Can't ...
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File permissions

I have a PHP script running which makes symlinks. To confirm which user it is: file_put_contents("testFile", "test"); $user = fileowner("testFile"); unlink("testFile"); echo "running as user '" . ...
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Precedence of user and group owner in file permissions

I just ran into something unexpected (for me) regarding file permissions on Linux (Arch Linux). Basically I have: userX in groupX fileX userX:groupX ---rwx---- What puzzles me: I cannot perform ...
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Solaris - Inheriting by files the user's ownership of directory

I have a directory with ownersip like user:group. I want to make on it something like sgid, but for user - all of new created files have a directory ownership. For example: drwxrwx--- 2 user group ...
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Changing permission from read only in linux?

I am trying to get the automatic brightness bug fixed in Linux Mint 17 based on the new Ubuntu release. In order to do this i had to create a file named 20-intel.conf in location ...
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chmod doesn't work on folder 'd — — ---' permissions

In /var/www I've got a folder: d--------- 2 www-data www-data 4096 May 20 2012 update reported by ls -la. I'm logged in as root, but I can't change permissions or ownership. chown and chmod ...
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How to backup dir structure ignoring files & dirs without read permission

Any ideas how to back up a directory structure for which there are some files and/or directories for which you do not have permission to read? I'd like to just ignore those, without backup (tar? jar?) ...