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Old 01-08-2005, 01:34 PM   #1
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Question Access permission bits for special files

Hi everyone
I know what the permission bits mean for regular files and folders. But what do they stand for if your file is a
* Symbolic Link
* Character Special File
* Block Special File
* FIFO (named Pipe)
* Socket?
If possible I would also like to know whether the SetUID, SetGID and Sticky-Bit can be set and what they mean for these files.

Old 01-08-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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Usually for a symLink, all the permissions are set to on, as its the permissions of the files the symLink are ponting too that are important, and are used.

Other files types, they usually mean exactly what they do for any other file. Anything that doesn't apply, is of cousre ignored.

Directories are a little diffrent ( execute I think becomes the enter permission ).

This is what I believe, others may contradicate me...


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