Re: How to change default umask in Stretch?
I have created a file named ".xsessionrc" and it is in my home folder (~/.xsessionrc). Within this file I wrote this: umask 077.
No change is evident. I first tried a relogin. No effect. I then rebooted. Also no effect. Creating documents still results in rw-r--r--.
(I am logging in with gnome display manager and opening documents from the gnome-shell interface, not from a terminal).
Is there a specific entry that I should have made in the ~/.xsessionrc file? Should I "undo" the entries I made at /etc/login.defs and/or ~/.profile? Those are still set to 077 as I mentioned previously. So I have /etc/login.defs, ~/.profile and ~/.xsessionrc all with entry "umask 077". But the result is rw-r--r--.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Wooledge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, August 7, 2017 11:37:24 AM
Subject: Re: How to change default umask in Stretch?
On Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 03:25:27PM +0000, Garrett R. wrote:
> I have set /etc/login.defs to a umask of 077. Also, I commented out the USERGROUPS_ENAB entry.
> When I create gedit documents (for example), I am getting rw-r--r--. This does not reflect umask 077.
> I then went to ~/.profile and set umask there. But this had no effect on anything.
OK, you're not going to give us any details without tooth-pulling.
That sucks. I will have to rely upon guesswork.
You used the word "login" and the word "gedit". This tells me that you
may be concentrating, currently, one of the two following scenarios:
1) You login locally through a display manager into an X session.
2) You login locally on the Linux console and use startx to launch
an X session.
Now, we can probably rule out #2, because you claim that modifications
to ~/.profile did not work. There are various situations where you
*could* still be using console login + startx and have your changes in
~/.profile not take effect, but the simplest answer suggests you are
not doing that.
So, you're probably logging in through a display manager.
If you want to configure the X session that you get when logging in
through a Debian display manager, use the file ~/.xsessionrc
instead of ~/.profile.
Yes, Virginia, ~/.xsessionrc does not exist by default. You would have
to create it. (These days, users have to be *told* this for some reason.
They whine and moan if you don't reassure them that yes, it's OK that
a file doesn't exist and that they should create it. Sad but true.
And this user top-posted, so I'm inclined to suspect he/she falls into
No, I am not talking about ~/.xsession. ~/.xsessionrc is a totally