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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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Why can rm remove read-only files?

If I create a file and then change its permissions to 444 (read-only), how come rm can remove it? If I do this: echo test > test.txt chmod 444 test.txt rm test.txt ...rm will ask if I want to ...
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SMB Mount To Windows Server Appears to Lock up. Any Ideas?

We are running CentOS 6.3 with all the latest updates. (Attempt to resolve this issue) The Server I am trying to connect to is a Windows Server 2008 R2 box. Though this applies to our old SBS'03 Box ...
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How do I backup via rsync to a remote machine, preserving permissions and ownership?

Drive A is 2TB in a closet at home. Drive B is 2TB in my office at work. I'd like drive A to be the one I use regularly and to have rsync mirror A to B nightly/weekly. The problem I have with this ...
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Apache 403 Forbidden on sub folders?

I can view all files in the root directory (/var/www) but as soon as i enter a sub directory (eg /var/www/test) i get a 403 Forbidden error. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04.01. Have tried searching for ...
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Does the suid bit have any meaning for device files?

Does the suid bit have any special meaning for device files in Linux ?
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Transfer files using scp: permission denied

I try to transfer files from remote computer using ssh to my computer : scp My_file.txt user_id@server:/Home This should put My_file.txt in the home folder on my own computer, right? I get ...
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Root permission - username ALL=(ALL) ALL does not work

I'm a beginner. I'm trying to give my user root permissions, so I edited the sudoers file like this: black ALL=(ALL) ALL "black" is my username. But I still don't have root permissions, and ...
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How to modify write permission on current buffer in emacs?

Is it possible to change the write permissions on a file from inside emacs, without killing/re-opening the buffer? Sometimes I forget to modify the permissions on a file before opening it. I can ...
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How to setup password-less ssh with RSA keys

I am trying to setup a password-less SSH configuration between two machines and am having trouble. There are a ton of howtos out there that I have followed and have had no success. Here are ...
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Group within group file permissions

I tried finding this on here, but couldn't so sorry if it's a duplicate. Say I have 2 groups and a user: group1, group2, user1 with the following structure: group1 is a member of group 2, user1 is a ...
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Mount USB drive (FAT32) so all users can write to it

I have a USB FAT32 drive that is on /dev/sda2. I've mounted it as /media/bigdrive however, I get permission denied whenever I try to touch a file there as a non root user. When I run mount I can see ...
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Installing a shell (e.g. zsh) without being system admistrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how can I use bash as my login shell when my sysadmin refuses to let me change it Say I have rwx permissions to a directory (my home directory). Can I install a shell ...
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Script with root permission [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on I am creating a script to change the brightness of my laptop. I discovered that I can do this using ...
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Can files be created with permissions set on the command line?

When creating directories, mkdir -m <mode> <dir> provides for creating one or more directories with the given mode/permissions set (atomically). Is there an equivalent for creating files, ...
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encfs with expect access denied

If I execute script #!/usr/bin/expect set pass [lindex $argv 0] spawn encfs -v {CRIPT_DIR} {MNT_DIR} -o nonempty expect "*EncFS Password:*" send "$pass\r" expect eof expect script output: ...
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Running setuid binary temporarily without setuid?

Currently setting up xpra, which wants to run an X instance as non-root using the dummy driver, but the system Xorg binary is SUID. Since the system auto-updates, I would prefer not making and ...
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Regarding .gvfs not letting delete a user's home directory

I am using Fedora 9. I removed the user using userdel -r command. The user is removed, but the home directory still remains. When I tried to remove the home directory (rm -rf /home/user/), I get the ...
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How to give user root permissions?

I just installed Arch. Works great. I created a new user, logged in with it and now I'm trying to install several thing with pacman. But I keep getting the error: error: you cannot perform this ...
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rsync and write permissions at the target

I always wondered why rsync tries to transfer a file to a remote location where it has read/execute permissions for the target dir, but no write permissions to create the actual destination file. This ...
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Executing a script in zsh - file permissions

I'm confused about execute file permissions not behaving as I expect. Probably because my expectations are wrong. Anyway: I have a script file, for simplicity is just called s, located in ~/bin. For ...
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Start Vim as my user with root privileges

I have my custom Vim files in ~/.vim and settings in ~/.vimrc. However, sometimes I have to edit some files in /etc and such. If I start Vim like this: $ sudo vim /etc/rc.conf I lose my config ...
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Clarify File Permissions

I've been searching for information about file/directory permissions, and I keep finding the same basic principles. What I can't find anywhere is a rationale for determining what permissions to give ...
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Problem opening .dvi files

I would like to know why my Lubuntu 11.10 does not open my .dvi files created with Latex. Please, can anybody help me solve this problem? When I use evince L1.dvi, in the terminal, the evince ...
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Allowing write access to an SMB mounted drive

Following this guide I was able to get my Samba share to mount on my Ubuntu 12.04 system. I can navigate the folders just fine. However I cannot create a directory nor create a file. I get the ...
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Can't rename a directory that I own

I have a directory with a big load of sub directories. I own all of them, and the permissions are all 777. pascal@azazel /box $ ls -al total 147872 drwxr-xr-x 293 root root 12288 aoû 22 19:44 ...
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Windows domain account can't create files via samba share, but can do this in linux shell, why?

I'm migrating tomcat server from windows to linux (CentOS 6.3 64bit), and want to use samba to share tomcat directory to technical department staffs (windows domain users) with read+write rights. ...
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Correct owner, group and permissions when mounting an image file

Suppose I have an image home.img of a home partition of another linux machine (B). On that machine there is a users userB and there is a special group, groupB. Consider for example a file fileB in the ...
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Group Permission on public_html [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Permissions: What's the right way to give Apache more user permissions? Before I knew better, I used /home/someuser/public_html/scripts as a place from which shared ...
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Best way to make encrypted backups while preserving permissions to a windows file system

For my home network I wanted to buy a NAS which supports disk encryption and NFS since it is important for me that the backup is encrypted but also that it preserves owner, groups and permissions ...
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Why this error: “cannot create directory `foo': Permission denied”

I get this error when I try creating a directory: [rex <03:57 PM> /var/tmp/pb82]$ mkdir foo mkdir: cannot create directory `foo': Permission denied But doesn't the following output indicate ...
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Prevent directory permission change (or cronjob to work around)

I have a HostGator dedicated server running CentOS. I have a folder on one user's account where I want all users to be able to have read access, so we keep it chmod'd to 755. HG has a script that runs ...
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List all chflags file flags?

Is there a way to see a file's flags, such as hidden, schg, etc? I've got an rwxrwxrwx file that I can't edit, and I think a flag might be responsible.
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How to configure permissions to allow apache to securely have access to a file in a shared environment?

This is a follow up question from my previous, but I felt it might be more Linux based. http://serverfault.com/questions/414207/how-to-set-linux-permissions-to-allow-apache-to-have-access-to-a-file ...
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GNU Screen does not work when su'ing from root to a normal user

Is it normal, that when I am logged in as root, and the used su user, I can't access that users screen sessions? In this case, screen complains about it not having permissions on /dev/pts/x. I ...
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Change view in emacs dired mode

What options are there to change the view of a directory in emacs dired mode? How to apply it? How can I change it on the fly? In particular I want to know: How to make it show the file sizes in ...
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Limited SSH user on Ubuntu 12

I'm running Minecraft on a server. How can I give my friend SSH access just to the minecraft folder (a root folder), the screen command, and some ports?
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Deny flash plugin access to (a particular) webcam

I recently bought an external webcam to play around with OpenCV. It works great out of the box in Debian, but I realized that when I browse any site that contain flash content (youtube, soundcloud), ...
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Mounting a Windows partition without giving execute permission

How can I mount a Windows partition so that the files within it don't have execution permission? I mount a Windows partition using: sudo mount /dev/sda3 win win is a folder in my home dir. This of ...
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Understanding udev rules and permissions in libusb

I had a problem with my scanner. Xsane worked only as root. Using it as normal user it didn't find any devices. Adding the user to the groups saned or scanner didn't help. Finally I solved the ...
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How can I allow a different user to connect to my session using X11vnc?

I'm trying to use x11vnc to allow users to remote control certain computers. This works fine in general, but there is one aspect I have trouble implementing. I want to restrict access to a specific ...
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How do I keep KDE from asking new users for a password when I use /etc/skel to set up their enviroment?

I made this nice custom KDE setup on Arch Linux with customised settings like desktop background, panel settings, kwin settings, etc. I heard that if you copy all the hidden files from your ...
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chown not permitted, but I have write access. How can I take recursive ownership?

Consider the following scenario: I have rwx access to a directory as a member of the group id of the directory. The system admin does not let users run chown (see this thread for details) How can ...
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Permissions corrupted?

A few weeks ago, I installed Linux Mint on a USB flash drive. I used it to copy the contents of my HFS+ external hard drive to my Windows drive on my desktop. Then, I formatted the external drive to ...
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Giving input to background processes

Is there any way to give input to background processes or which run as daemon processes? I was coding some Puppet configuration files and I had to push them to some remote machine. For that purpose I ...
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Strange file ownership with Ubuntu

Normally we know when we create one file in Linux, the file's owner and group will set with the creator. For example, I have one user, usera, after I execute usera@srv1:$touch 1.txt I will find the ...
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Password protecting a system file? (e.g. /etc/resolv.conf)

I am trying to parental control myself by restricting web access via OpenDNS. The OpenDNS account password will be handed to someone trustworthy. Now, I want to put some restriction on the ...
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Permisions overwritten when files are transfered via FTP. What to do?

Got my web server up and running using apache2 with the ability to ftp to /var/www folder. However, if I make an update to .html and copied over the file via ftp, the file's permisions become more ...
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No permission on external drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: can't change file permission On my hard drive everything is fine, but when I go onto my external drive I can't chmod. I get no error message but the changing simply ...
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What does GID mean?

What does GID actually mean? I have Googled it and this is what linux.about.com said: Group identification number for the process. Valid group numbers are given in /etc/group, and in the ...
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How to maintain file ownership when running 'yum update'

I'm running CentOS 6.2 and installed nginx as root. After the install I changed the owner and group of the install to it's own user and group to keep thing a bit more secure. I logged in as root and ...