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Old 08-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Question A little help with file permissions when moving a network storage drive?

I'm still a newbie to linux( always something new to learn)
I have an Acer H340 that I've modded to give me VGA output and installed Ubuntu on over a year ago and been using for a network file server but I'm looking change things up and install another distro on it, My question is I have two drives(ext3) on there that are being used for network storage/back up and wonder what is the best or proper way to deal with permissions of those drives and files when I set-up Samba again in the new distro?
Thanks to every one that takes the time to read this and many Thanks to any one that replies.

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If you plan on the same user configuration as on the old system it should be a non event. If user BOB who belonged to goups A B C .... on the old system is and had access to those drives then he should on the new system.

If you are changing then I would suggest reading the man pages for chmod & chown so you can adjust as needed.
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Just remember that the actual ownerships are stored numerically, see /etc/passwd for uid/gid values.
Usernames that appear in eg 'ls', are obtained in the background by calling getent().


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