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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How to change permission of anonymous pipe?

I've the script which loads the SSH key from the variable (as part of script in CI environment) in order to not keep the private file in the public repository, however ssh-add complains about the ...
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Who should own files shared by a group and where should they go

I am configuring a Linux work station that will be used by a small number of users (20-30). These users will belong to a small set of groups (5-10) with each user belonging to at least one group and ...
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How to hide someone else's directories from a user?

I have several folders: /home/user1/ -u user1 -G user1 /home/user2/ -u user2 -G user2 /home/user3/ -u user3 -G user3 I created three users user1, user2, user3. Each user has their own group. Any ...
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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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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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Mount permissions always blocked

How do I authorise my non-root user to manually mount/unmount ALL media on my desktop. I always get denied permission. Media refers to all mountable USB devices and other partitions on my HDD as ...
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pure-ftpd permission denied on external usb drive

I have a sheevaplug PC (Debian installed) that I'm trying to setup my personal FTP server with. So far I was able to set up auto mounting and installed pure-ftpd. I currently have autofs setup to ...
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permission denied when executing binary despite “rwx” privilege and root user

I'm trying to execute some binary with bash. I am getting a "Permission denied" message despite having given the full privileges (chmod 777) and being the 'root' user: This is the file description: ...
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newgrp and groups assigned via pam_group.so

For convenience reasons I tend to assign special group memberships like floppy, audio, plugdev, video etc. via /etc/security/group.conf (pam_group.so) mechanism instead of adding all users to this ...
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Authentication required to edit Sudoers - User not listed

I made a small typo in my sudoers file, nothing a simple pkexec can't fix. The problem is that when I added my user with "adduser name" and added "name" to visudo, as well as the root and sudo ...
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'+' and 's' in permission strings

If the ls -l command gives me a permission string like rwsr-s--x What does the 's' mean? The only sources I found mention that it can be present sometimes but do not elaborate. What does a '+' ...
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DD-WRT: /tmp exec permission

After making a simple hello world OpenWrt package I installed it to the /tmp folder on the dd-wrt device. The program shows up in ls /tmp but when I try to execute it, it shows me /tmp/helloworld: ...
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File permissions of file when tranferring from Windows to Unix

When I am uploading a file from windows PC to Unix ,the permissions of file are --wxr----t on unix machine , whereas umask is 0022 .I am not able to understand from where is the file getting ...
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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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File permission issues with shared folders under Virtual Box (Ubuntu Guest, Windows Host)

I am using Ubuntu on Virtual Box and I have a folder which is shared between the host (Windows) and the VM (Ubuntu). When I open any file in the share folder in Ubuntu, I can not change it as its ...
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How to “jail” a process without being root?

Were I root, I could simply create a dummy user/group, set file permissions accordingly and execute the process as that user. However I am not, so is there any way to achieve this without being root?
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What are common rights for /tmp ? I unintentionnally set it all public recursively

I have abused sudo. I have created a really really short life temporary directory that I wanted to share between some users for a few hours... and I named this directory /some/path/tmp Unfortunately ...
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How do I make a file NOT modifiable?

While logged in, I can do the following: mkdir foo touch foo/bar chmod 400 foo/bar chmod 500 foo Then I can open vim (not as root), edit bar, force a write with w!, and the file is modified. How ...
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What to use to backup files, preserving ACLs?

When using the tar utility to store files in backups one loses the extended ACLs. Is there some commonly used and not hackish solution (like: create a script that will recrate the ACLs from scratch) ...
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How are file permissions calculated?

Using chmod I could set the permissions for a file, but if the parent ( .. ) directory had conflicting permissions, what would happen? And if I create a new file, using touch or something similiar, ...
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Which is more widely used: chmod 777 or chmod a+rwx [closed]

Out of the two options to change permissions: chmod 777 file.txt chmod a+rwx file.txt I am writing a document to send out to our customers, detailing that they need to change the file permissions ...
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Directory with +x permission, parents without it. When would this be useful?

Say I have a folder called folder in the following path: my_path = /a/b/c/d/e/folder and a file called file in that folder. Then, say I run this command to remove group permissions under /a/ > ...
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USB drive permissions when automounting

On Debian there is the common problem, that you try to plug an ntfs formatted USB harddrive and then can't write to it as a regular user to it because the directory belongs to root. A little time ago ...
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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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Why can't I run programs on another partition in Linux?

So for convenience, I store all my data on my Windows partition so that I can access my data easily from both Linux and Windows. However, I tried compiling a C++ program with g++, and found out that I ...
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Can't read a file although it's in my group and permissions for group read are set

I encounter a strange problem on a unix/linux machine: I'm member of a group, let's call it group A and a certain file (which has a different owner) belongs to group A as well. The permissions of ...
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Difference between owner/root and RUID/EUID

I am relatively new to the concepts mentioned in the question and reading about them from different sources only makes them more confusing. So this is what I understood so far: When we are given ...
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Make all files under a directory read-only without changing permissions?

First, some background: /dev/md1 is a RAID-0 array serving as primary file store. It is mounted to /var/smb. /dev/md2 is another RAID-0 array storing backup snapshots taken from /dev/md1. It is ...
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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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Preserve the permissions with rsync

Let's say I have a file a.txt in LINUX with permission of 0664. When I use rsync to copy the file to my Mac with rsync -r -t -v LINUX MAC, the file's permission becomes 0644. How can I keep the ...
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Find files that a user can write, efficiently with minimal process creation

I am root. I would like to know whether a non-root user has write access to some files - thousands of them. How to do it efficiently while avoiding process creation?
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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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How to grant non-root user access to device files

I have device file that appears in /dev when a specific board is plugged in. The read and write operations to it work just fine, but in order to open the device file the program needs to be executed ...
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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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Can I allow users to chmod a file not owned by them?

I would like to allow users to chmod a file that is owned by root or some user that is not themselves. I have chmod'ed the file to 777 and I get "operation not permitted". I have added the user to the ...
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Writing raw images safely to USB sticks

Trying lots of different linux, on all kinds of hardware I find my self typing commands like this quite often: sudo dd if=xubuntu-13.10-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=10240 Needless to say, ...
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How can I create a udev rule to mount a USB drive read only?

I'm trying to set a particular USB drive to always mount read only. If I plug it in, it is seen as sdb with a single partition, sdb1. Here are some relevant udevadm lines (not the entire output of ...
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lxc: running virtualbox inside a container

I've install virtualbox inside an lxc container. However when I try to start a VM I get the message: kernel driver not accessible (rc=1909) ....permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. This obviously ...
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Which user group can use the 'tap' net device?

I use the 'tap' net device with KVM to get my vm connect to the Internet. But I have to be root, or use 'sudo', which is inconvenient. I think I can put my user account into some group so I can access ...
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setuid and setgid confusion

I'm trying to fully grasp the concept of setuid and setgid, and I'm not quite sure in what way permissions are actually elevated. Let me provide an example: Users userA (groups: userA groupA) userB ...
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How to insert text into a root-owned file using sudo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on Running a command like sudo echo 'text' >> /file.txt fails with: bash: /file.txt: Permission ...
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I can't delete a file that I have write permissions for as a group member

$ touch testfile $ chmod g+w testfile $ sudo adduser user2 user1 $ stat -c'%a %A' testfile 664 -rw-rw-r-- $ su user2 Password: $ groups user2 user1 $ rm testfile rm: cannot remove `testfile': ...
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Is it possible to disable file permissions on a ext3 or ext4 file-system?

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 ...
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How is file ownership affected across different systems?

As I understand Unix file systems, any file on a unix system must belong to a group and a user of the said system. A file cannot belong to a group or user that does not exist on the system. From that ...
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Why cannot a user change group ownership of his own files? [duplicate]

Why cannot a user change the group permissions of files which he owns. Let's suppose I have user martin: $ ls -lAd /home/martin/ drwx------ 8 martin martin 4096 Apr 20 01:06 /home/martin/ For some ...
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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 ...
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Why do I get an “rsync: failed to set times on … : Operation not permitted (1)” error on Ubuntu 10.10 with SME Server 7.4? [duplicate]

I am trying to cron an rsync via ssh between two fileservers that are running SME Server 7.4 and Ubuntu 10.10, respectively. The first rsync worked just fine (for reasons that I do not know), but now, ...
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find files which have a higher permission than xxx

I want to find all files which have a higher permission than e.g. 640. Perhaps this would work with a find and exec command. But my knowledge isn't sufficient for such a task.
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CentOS - Issue with write permissions

I am running CentOS 6.4 and I have installed Wordpress on it. (along with LAMP) Now the problem is, that I cannot make any write changes to any files in the wordpress editor: eg. header.php, ...
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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)?