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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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 ...
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How do I copy a folder keeping owners and permissions intact?

So I was going to back up my home folder by copying it to an external drive as follows: sudo cp -r /home/my_home /media/backup/my_home With the result that all folders on the external drives are ...
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Why can't root execute when executable bits are not set?

root user can write to a file even if its write permissions are not set. root user can read a file even if its read permissions are not set. root user can cd into a directory even if its execute ...
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How do I set permissions for a directory so that files and directories created under it maintain group write permissions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make all new files in a directory accessible to a group I have a directory in which collaborative files / directories are stored. Say directory abc is owned by root and ...
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Gaining root privileges in SCO

I am learning Linux for work, so am still a bit rusty on the edges. I need to change the folder permission of the directory /opt, and I know in Linux, you do the following: chmod 775 /opt I get a ...
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How to skip “permission denied” errors when running find in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I remove “permission denied” printout statements from the find program? When I run this command in Linux (SuSE): find / -name ant I get many error ...
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Change Folder Permissions

I started off with changing to the folder I want to change permissions for, and that is the opt folder. $ cd /opt/ test@testVM:/opt$ So I tried changing the permissions for this folder now using: ...
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Can I restrict a user to use special programs?

Is it possible to add a user and restrict him to run special programs? For example after this user logs in, he can only open Firefox to use Internet and no other programs can be run by this user. For ...
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What is the default permission of folder /var?

I am a complete beginner in Linux. I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a pendrive, then installed MySQL and Apache PHP and then I tried to install Moodle (a distance learning platform I use at work). The ...
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How do permissions work when moving directories?

Recently I tried to move a directory that I own to another directory (which I also own), but I couldn't. I then noticed that I don't own the parent directory. This made me wonder what are the rules ...
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Permission issues while setting up cakephp

I am pretty new to linux and trying to setup cakephp on opensuse 12.1. I did as told on the cakephp website(blog tutorial) and most probably encountering some permission issues. I slapped the cakephp ...
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Can AIDE scan a directory inside a directory the user doesn't have read permissions for?

I would like to use AIDE to help me verify the integrity of my home directory on a shared Linux system. I am not an administrator of this system. I have built and installed AIDE in my home directory ...
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Evince fails to start because it cannot read .Xauthority

I'm logged in remotely over SSH with X forwarding to a machine running Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid). Most X11 applications (e.g. xterm, gnome-terminal) work fine. But Evince does not start. It seems unable to ...
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Giving apache user same permissions as root only on specific folders

Not sure if this is possible but is there a way to grant the Apache user same level of permissions (ownership) as root only on specific folder(s). Why I need this: We have a CentOS 6.2 server with ...
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Set GPIO permissions cleanly

Can the default permissions and ownership of /sys/class/gpio/ files be set, e.g. by configuring udev? The point would be to have a real gid for processes that can access GPIO pins on a board. Most ...
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How should I rsync files in /var/www if I want them to be owned by www-data?

I have set up a new ec2 ubuntu box and installed apache and php5. By default you log onto the box with the ubuntu user who has sudo privileges. I believe apache runs as root and php5 runs as ...
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Is it possible to represent the +X symbolic permission with an octal value?

Is it possible to represent the +X symbolic permission with an octal value? The chmod(1) man page says: execute/search only if the file is a directory or already has execute permission for some ...
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can't change file permission

Whenever I create or copy few shell files to usb storage device, then I am not able to make them executable. If I create test.sh, it's default file permission will be 644, but when I execute ...
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What causes files to lose permissions?

There's been more than one occasion where something has gone with system because all the sudden there were permision changes to certain key files (sometimes taking a long time to find which file is ...
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When adding a user to a new group when does the user group permissions become active when its a /nologin user?

I have a service level account to run my webserver, and this user is setup with /sbin/nologin. Normally when you add a user to a group you must logout and login to use the new group permissions. ...
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How to check which Apache group I can use for the web server to write?

I'm trying to make Wordpress work. I currently have this error message: Could not create directory. /var/www/html/wp-content/upgrade/theme_name when trying to upload a theme. This is the ...
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Permissions to deny SSH users from accessing other user's folders

I am currently running Fedora on a network computer, acting as a host to other users who will SSH into my terminal to do their work. However I realised that they are also able to access my /home ...
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Prevent a unix account from being able to SSH [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disable direct login for normal users (like oracle) in linux but allow scp and sftp? I want to prevent a unix account from being able to be SSH'ed with, but it should ...
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Incompatible group permissions in Linux - Is it a bug? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to apply changes of newly added user groups without needing to reboot? I am on Ubuntu 11.04. I am creating another user and placing an existing user in the group of ...
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How to fix this mysql permission problem?

I'm trying like mad to get rails dbconsole to work (Rails 3.2.6, if that helps). The problem is that when I run the command, I get: gems/railties-3.2.6/lib/rails/commands/dbconsole.rb:81:in `exec': ...
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How to create an user only with SSH -access and easily-set-up .ssh -dir perms?

I often mess up when I manually set up the .ssh -dir, easy to forget some flag. I often need to create a new user and only allowing access with SSH, how can I do that? Basically, I want to stop doing ...
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How to set permissions what users can see (drives, folders) on opensuse 12.1?

I have a several users on one machine and its needed to specify which user can access (read & write) specified folders and/or mounted drives. First of all, one user shouldn't see a ...
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OSX : rmdir “permission denied” but directory removed

This is a question from a newbie trying to learn UNIX commands. I was trying to test the rmdir command by removing a test directory located in my Downloads directory. I have read and write rights on ...
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Device is Mounting as Read Only (Can Copy Files as Root)

I am attempting to mount my Amazon Kindle, 3rd Edition. It automounts correctly and when I run mount -l, I get the following output: /dev/sdg1 on /media/usb0 type vfat ...
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How does apache determine what directory to show from public_html?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and have configured apache to serve from ~/public_html. I am trying to serve some directory contents over http on LAN. When I did the following: ln -s ...
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execute bit on directories, but not files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to apply recursively chmod directories without affecting files? What is the command to apply execute permission for directories (for traversal), but leave the ...
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What is “raw mode in hex” from stat output?

When using GNU stat to probe the filesystem, there are a number of format sequences available for the --format/--printf arguments; this one in particular %f Raw mode in hex doesn't make much ...
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Recursively list files with file names, folder names and permission in CentOS

Is there anyway I can list files by typing a command in the shell which lists all the file names, folder names and their permissions in CentOS?
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VSFTPD, 553 Could not create file. - permissions?

I've set up VSFTPD on Amazon EC2, with the Amazon Linux AMI. I created a user and can now succesfully connect via ftp. However, if I try to upload something I get the error message "553 Could not ...
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LFS can't cd to lfs/source - permission denied

I'm trying to build a LFS using version 7.1. I've followed all of the steps up to 5.3 and now I'm stuck because I can't change to $LFS/sources - I get the message: bash: cd: /mnt/lfs/sources: ...
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How to change permissions of multiple files found with find command?

I have a directory with numerous files. Part of the files have the 755 permissions and the other part have 644 permissions. I'd like to convert the files with 755 permissions to 644. I have tried the ...
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/etc/crontab permissions

The /etc/crontab file has the permissions: -rw-r--r-- I understand that this file is for system cron jobs and other users should not have permission to modify it. The current permissions allows all ...
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using Set uid to run a root command from non-root user

Consider the following two files. summarize's executable UID bit has been set, so that another user belonging to another group can execute the summarize executable that uses the customers.dat file. ...
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bash: /dev/stderr: Permission denied

After upgrading to a new release version, my bash scripts start spitting errors: bash: /dev/stderr: Permission denied in previous versions Bash would internally recognize those file names (which is ...