Re: default file permissions
On Sunday 09 May 2004 05:10 am, Ulrich Fürst wrote:
> I want to use the same mozilla-profile
> for different users. But every knew file
> gets the permission - r w - r - - r - -
> . So no other user can get write
> access. I found out that I should set
Where is the file? I don't run Mozilla, so I'm not familiar with that. Is it
under /usr somewhere, or what?
I really don't quite understand what you're trying to do. If you're having
problems like this, it seems the files must be in /usr or some other system
directory. I can't begin to imagine why you yourself as your user need to be
able to write to /usr, let alone share files there among all your other
users. This smacks of being dangerous and poorly-conceived. I'm not going
to tell you how to do what you want without first making sure you're not
about to do something regretable.
> the sgid/suid-bit for the directories
> but that doesn't help.
It wouldn't. Permissions on the directory have nothing to do with your umask.
It sounds like your default umask for your users is 0027. This is a very
sane and reasonable default. It means regular files will be created with
0640 (-rw-r-----) permissions, and directories with 0750(drwxr-x---).
You can change this if you *really* want to, but first I suggest you really
think about what you want to do, and whether or not the way you're trying to
do it is the safest way to get there.
Can you better definethe problem in terms of specific files you want to be
common among all your users?
> want ( - r w - r w - r - ) . How can I
> change this, not only for mozilla but
> for some other shared directories, too.
That's what I'm really not getting. *What* shared directories? Is Mozilla
some bizarre exception to the rule that individual user config files belong
in ~ and systemwide defaults are immutable? If you yourself need to write to
anything outside of /home/you to use Mozilla, something seems badly out of
It seems much more likely that a better approach to this would be to devise
some way to keep dotfiles (such as maybe ~/.mozilla) between your users in
sync with each other, which could possibly be accomplished with far less
potential danger to the integrity of your system.
Perhaps create a common user directory owned by your group, set with group rwx
permissions, and create symlinks from individual user directories to the
files contained in this common place. I suppose you'd still have to tweak
your umask to make that useful, but it would be far less dangerous than
giving everybody permission to write to certain files in, say, /usr
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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