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Old 01-18-2003, 12:53 AM   #1
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How to give access...

I have a question for you guys... I'm new at this so bare with me.

How would I give access to a user to some files that are not under his home directory? for example: I want to give user1 access to everything under /var/www/ but nothing above it?

I'm using RH 8.0

Thanks in advance.
Old 01-18-2003, 03:30 AM   #2
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su root
cd /var/www/
chown -R user1 *
This will make `user1` the owner for the directories that are under /var/www/. So, he will have full permissions...

Hope that helps,
Old 01-18-2003, 12:39 PM   #3
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Great that worked. Thanks for you help. Just one more question... How about if I want to give access to more than one? Hope it is not to difficult to explain.

Thanks, zolo
Old 01-18-2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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Create a group, if you have a decent distro they'll provide a users/groups gui tool, i know redhat does. Otherwise use groupadd.

Then edit /etc/group, find the group you just added and add the user names of the people in that group to the end of the line.

Then do

chown -R you.newgroup thedirectory

That'll mean you own the directory, but it's in the group you just created. Now you can control permissions separately for the user (ie, you) and the group, so if you want the other members of the group to have read only access you can do that. For read/write do

chmod -R g+rw thedirectory/

a+rw is all, g+rw is group, o+rw is owner.
Old 01-18-2003, 05:53 PM   #5
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Perfect! thanks alot.


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