The directory /path/to/dir is meant to be used by any member of the group examplegroup. All the members of this group should be able to modify the content of the directory without limitations (read/write files, create files, run executables).

It is obvious that the group owner of the directory must be examplegroup.

But what could be an appropriate choice for the user owner of the directory? root, one of the users of the examplegroup, nobody, or someone else?

  • you can set examplegroup group ownership for your folder May 22 '17 at 20:31
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    The owner should be whoever is authorized to change permissions of the folder.
    – Barmar
    May 22 '17 at 20:32

Whoever is the owner will be able to change permissions of the directory, which would allow him to remove the group-write permission. So it should be a user who is trusted with that ability. It could be the group leader, for instance. Or it could be someone outside the group if none of them are so trusted.

If you set it to root, then only system administrators will be able to change directory permissions. But if permissions never need to change, this shouldn't be a problem.

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