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Old 01-02-2002, 06:24 PM   #1
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File Permission

Logged on as root, I created a directory on my local hard drive "/share".

When I log on as my normal user, I can't add or delete files within that directory.

How do I make it so my normal user can have full permission to this directory?

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Old 01-02-2002, 06:30 PM   #2
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the safest way is to change the group or the folder to something like users of some other group

then add users you want to have access to it to the users group.

some systems add all users to the users group by default so if you want it only accessable by certain users create another group.

give the group rw access to the folder

chmod g+rw foldername
Old 01-02-2002, 07:08 PM   #3
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How do I tell what groups and users I have on my system?

How do I add a group or a user to a folder?
Old 01-02-2002, 07:29 PM   #4
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Depends on where you're at. If you use KDE you can use the user profiles program in the System directory and see things graphically or on the command line the file that holds your group names and so forth is in /etc called group. Type: cat /etc/group and it will output all of your groups. To add a group type groupadd and look at the helpfile as the options you may want. But in X the user editor is pretty easy to add/del/modify andything too.
Old 01-02-2002, 07:40 PM   #5
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This link does a good job of summing up what the others have already suggested. It explains how to:

- create new groups
- add users to a group
- assign users to a different group
- change the group associated with a particular file or directory.

Hope this helps.


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