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Old 12-29-2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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Problem with file permissions from windows


I found that my work files brought from windows machine, once entered Linux system does not have write permission for normal user. I wonder if it's ok if I change the permission and still wouldn't ruin the files (unable to use back in windows)? it's an open office files. Is it normal for Linux to not give write permissions to normal user by default to files coming from non-linux/unix system?
Old 12-29-2006, 12:49 PM   #2
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See what the permissions are coming from the Windows computer. If it's OK for all users to write to it, you will then need to modify the permissions on the Linux end. Changing the permissions should not 'ruin' the file in any way. You're just allowing certain things to be done to the file, nothing else.


Old 12-29-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Changing the files permissions on Linux will not be a problem.

The new permissions that the file is given, when it is copied from the Windows machine, mostly depends how the file was copied (Samba, NFS, FTP, other). Most transfer programs try to replicate the previous permissions and apply to the new file; however, there are configuration settings for the transfer program that may change this behavior. This may either be in the form of a umask or other setting. The umask of the shell may also change the files permissions.
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Thanks, those were informative


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