I have the following folders:

drwx------  4 ccote    domain^users            4096 Apr 17 11:18 ccote
drwxrwx---  2 ccote    ccote_jponchar_gnicolas 4096 Feb 20 10:58 ccote-jponchar-gnicolas
drwx------ 14 gnicolas domain^users            4096 Nov 28  2014 gnicolas
drwx------  3 jgodbout domain^users            4096 Oct 24  2014 jgodbout
drwx------  2 jponchar domain^users            4096 Sep 22  2014 jponchar
drwxr-xr-x  2 pagagne  domain^users            4096 Jun  2 15:28 pagagne
drwx------  4 plavigne domain^users            4096 Feb 26 14:57 plavigne

I want to give the pagagne user access to the ccote-jponchar-gnicolas folder. I use the following command to add that user to the ccote_jponchar_gnicolas group for that folder:

usermod -a -G ccote_jponchar_gnicolas pagagne

However, that user receives the following message when trying to access the folder:

bash: cd: ccote-jponchar-gnicolas/: Permission denied

What is wrong ?


The user pagagne will need to logout and login to his/her shell for the group to be visible in his groups.

You could also check if the user has indeed been added to the group:

groups pagagne
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  • Ooops, logout/login...Thanks shivams! – Sébastien Clément Jun 2 '15 at 20:47
  • @SébastienClément if this works for you please remember to tick it so show you've accepted it as your preferred answer. – roaima Jun 2 '15 at 21:22

Try loginning in as a root and running the following command:

# usermod pagagne:pagagne ccote-jponchar-gnicolas
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