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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What are the permissions of a cron job?

When a cron job runs with what privilege does it execute? I'm not sure about that. Is it with the same privileges of the user that added it via crontab -e?
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How can I change the error messages for 'touch'?

Lets just have some typical usage of touch as expected: $ touch this $ sudo chown root this $ touch this touch: this: Permission denied Now what I want to do is change touch: this: Permission ...
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Amazon EC2: Giving Permanent Permission To A Sepecific Directory In Amazon Linux AMI

I have a Symfony2 project that needs full read write permissions to three directories: app/cache, app/logs, and few other directories which are used for uploading. The problem is everytime I push an ...
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Ubuntu : unable to copy file to dir created under same credentials

I am Windows 7 remoting to Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS I am new to Ubuntu ( and *nix in general ) and need to understand how permissions are assigned to newly created dirs. Via Putty ssh session : $bash ...
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How do I set up proper ownership of these files?

I need the directory /var/www/ (and everything inside it) to be modifiable by only authorized users. The way I tried to do this was: sudo groupadd webmasters sudo usermod -G webmasters pi # My user ...
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Have rights during shell but not in a script (unless I sudo it)

I have a really basic confusion. How does sudo work? I noticed that when I ran a script it failed, since it tried to write a file in a directory that the following permissions: $ ls -l thedir ...
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Not able to copy original top command executable over a malicious one

Somebody hacked my system and replaced some of the system commands like top, ps, find etc with malicious ones. Now, I am trying to copy the original ones, but the copy or move commands fail, even ...
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Permissions on `/`

What should the permissions be for /? I ask because I completely removed all files from my drive and reinstalled the OS, but I still get "permission denied" errors for /bin/zsh when I try to log in as ...
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Doesn't umask apply to files?

I have set the umask to 0. So: $umask 0000 I do echo 'test' > test.txt And test.txt is created. If I do: ls -l test.txt I see: $ls -l test.txt -rw-rw-rw- 1 jim None 5 Jun 30 22:50 ...
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Launch a process with limited permissions

I'd like to be able to launch processes with very limited permissions from the command line, basically so that I can run a process that I don't understand without it having access to things in my user ...
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Break write permission for non root user?

Can non root user edit files he/she doesn't have access to or create new a file in a directory he/she doesn't own? Is there a way to do that? P.S : I know if root user or file owner gives him write ...
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How can I ensure only the root user have the right to halt/reboot the system?

CentOS Linux by default allows all users to have permission to "halt" & "reboot" the system by using the commands halt and reboot. How can I configure my system so that only the root user has the ...
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'setfacl' permissions don't apply to directories created by git clone?

Here's how I am setting permissions for my website's root directory i.e. ~/public_html, where the files that my website serves are placed: sudo chgrp -R www-data ~/public_html chmod g+s ~/public_html ...
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postgresql service start issues

I'm attempting to build a box via Fabric on Openstack. Part of the install involves installing and running PostgreSQL. This command works fine: $ sudo service postgresql initdb This command ...
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Permissions on an ext4 filesystem on a removable drive used in different machines

I have a USB flash drive with ext4 file system and its files are owned by my user on my local machine, for example by myuser@myhost with 700 permissions. If I unplug my flash drive and plug it in ...
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scp to /home changes permissions?

This would be illustrated very nicely with an scheme. When I write "Test: OK" or "Test: FAIL" I am restarting apache server (httpd service). Basically, performing everything as root in the ...
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How do file permissions/attributes work? Kernel-level, FS-level or both?

A question that occurred to me earlier: are file permissions/attributes OS- (and therefore kernel-) dependent or are they filesystem-dependent? It seems to me that the second alternative is the more ...
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Base permissions on a fat32 usb drive

On linux, the base permissions for directories is 777 and for files, it is 666. Thus, with umask=022, new files are 644 and new directories are 755. But when I mount a usb drive with fat32 ...
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chmod recursive permission on thousands of files

This is a more general question about 'chmoding' recursively. I have this script which at some point needs to change the permissions recursively in a folder which has a few hundred thousand files. ...
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What are the settings to correct vsftpd “500 OOPS: cannot change directory” error?

My question is what settings do I need to change and/or commands to run to allow me to log into my vsftpd system? I am getting this error, when I login using ftp instead of sftp: Name ...
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Make web project writable by apache and other user

I am running ubuntu 12.04 LTS . To be able to view my web project in the browser I did the following: chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/project Now I wanted to open the project in netbeans but it ...
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Procmail: Denying special privileges for “/etc/procmailrcs/default.rc”

I'm trying to setup postfix, dovecot and procmail to work together with virtual users. In the end I want to have virtual users and the possibility to add rules to sort incoming rules. For the last ...
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How does the sticky bit work?

SUID The sticky bit applied to executable programs flagging the system to keep an image of the program in memory after the program finished running. But I don't know that what it's stored in ...
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Filesystem suddenly read-only?

I've been storing some files on a MicroSD formatted to ext4 that I connect via USB. I tried to move a directory in it to an external hard drive, and I got mv: error reading ...
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Protect folder from sudoers

Is there an ability to not allow sudoers view your folder (only you and root can access folder)?
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Having Virtualbox disk images on /opt

Background After a recent HDD crash I did a clean install of Linux Mint 15 on a new disk. Seeing the potential problems with having backups of my documents and eclipse workspace, I realized that a ...
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How Do I Block Read Access to a Symbolic Link?

I have this file structure: > APPLICATION 1 >> CONTROLLER (@JuniorProgrammers) >> MODELS (symlink to SHARED/MODELS) >> VIEWS (@Designers) > APPLICATION 2 >> CONTROLLER ...
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Can't edit /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_max [duplicate]

Recently my wireless network has being stopping to transfer data from some irregular time intervals that vary from 30 seconds to 20 minutes, and every time I need to plug off and then on the wireless ...
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Richacl invalid argument when trying to set atributes

I've compiled a kernel to use richacls, and compiled the richacl's utility, (but not the e2fsprogs). I've mounted a loop file with richacl flags /root/fs_prueba_10mb on /media/ext4_con_richacl type ...
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Permissions by path instead of file mode bits

I often find that the unix way of handling file permissions is powerful, particularly when combined with ACLs, but rather difficult to handle. Setting file modes, group ownership and extended ...
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umask base permissions on usb drive [duplicate]

On linux, the base permission for a file is 666 and for directories, it is 777. With a umask=022, new files and directories have permissions 644 and 755 respectively. When I mount a usb drive with ...
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I can't seem to remove a file even after changing ownership and permissions [duplicate]

Haven't been here much. Mostly Stackoverflow. Anyway, I have a file that I can't remove. I tried sudo rm files.db and got Operation not permitted Did sudo chown me: files.db Then sudo chmod 777 ...
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Changed file access to read only but I can still write to the file. Why?

I am running a small embedded system built using buildroot. I have come across this strange behaviour when trying to set up my file permissions on the target device. To illustrate what confuses me I ...
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Give a Root owned folder web read and write access

I have an Ubuntu server for a client I am working on, doing development work. I have root access and they created a new vhost blog.domain.com so when I log into it with WinSCP it list the files and ...
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Allow a specific user or group root access without password to /bin/date

As the title would suggest, I'd like to give a user or group full root access to the /bin/date command, including any manner of arguments as defined in the man pages. I understand /etc/sudoers ...
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Prevent creating directories but allow creating files

I have a directory shared through Samba. I want users to be able to create/modify/delete files but not create/erase directories. I haven't found a way to do it. Maybe with SELinux? But how?
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Making a directory protected from 'rm -rf'

I just lost some data in folder A which was inside folder B after doing rm -rf B. Before I could realize what have I done, it was all over. Now a lesson is learnt, I wish to make some of my folder ...
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How to recover from a chmod -R 000 /bin?

And now I am unable to chmod it back.. or use any of my other system programs. Luckily this is on a VM I've been toying with, but is there any way to resolve this? The system is Ubuntu Server 12.10. ...
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Changing permissions on an NFS mount + sharing directories with a guest VM

I'm building a development environment where folders from a host environment (OSX) are mounted in VirtualBox VMs running Ubuntu guests. Our experience is that straightforward VirtualBox shared ...
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Why cannot find read /run/user/1000/gvfs even though it is running as root?

Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong, what this is, or how to fix it? I'm running Fedora 18 and getting the error shown [root@servername /]# find . -name ngirc find: `./run/user/1000/gvfs': ...
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Is it a good practice to use svn for two different applications but on the same server?

Is it a good practice to use SVN for two different applications but on the same server ? I'm asking this because, whenever I update one of the application with svn it does not ask for password ...
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USB 500GB external drive mounted with undetermined permissions, missing data

Note: This situation is evolving. Please see the output at the end of this question for the current situation. I'm using Linux Mint 14. Recently, I repartitioned one of my hard drives, and I backed ...
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How to make a directory public and private in a single bucket

I am using amazon S3 bucket to store my data in two different directories in single bucket, I want that my one directory should be globally accessible and another directory should be private. Is there ...
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Cannot remove /log/var/snort as root

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 Gnome. I uninstalled snort in order to install a more recent version. The new installation initially failed because the system would not let be rm or modify /var/log/snort ...
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Cannot write to file with write permission

I have this file: $ ls -lrta ~/.bash_profile -rwxr-x---. 1 xxx xxx 904 May 23 15:36 /home/xxx/.bash_profile $ I am the owner of the file and I have write permission. When I try to edit (delete the ...
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Not able to remove a file [duplicate]

file name : abc permissions : -rwxrwxrwx shell : ksh I am logged with the user which is the owner of this file. Contents of file AccessTime = 20130424-161120 ActualShmKeyDec = 1090650862 ...
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What is a process GID and what purpose does it serve?

Reading mod_wsgi's documentation I found you can choose which group to run the worker processes as. I can understand group ownership of files and how only a user who belongs to that group can achieve ...
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What type of permissions should a user's home directory and files have?

I'm working with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 and I've just added a new user: useradd -m testuser I thought that the -m flag to create a home directory for users was pretty standard, but now ...
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Xfce: Upgrade from Squeeze to Wheezy broke xfce's user policies

While using Debian squeeze, I was able to allow a user shutdown in xfce by adding users to the powerdev group (see here: xfce: Allow shutdown for non-root users). Now, I upgraded my system to Debian ...
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Setting file permissions in bash script

This script is not working the way I thought it would .I though it would find all the scripts that have every one rwx permissions changed to the permissions of xx5 #!/bin/bash # the / makes find ...