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Old 02-08-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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(proftpd) Disabling chmod on account disallows them to login?

I don't think this is a bug so much as me not understanding what I'm doing.

I get to the proftpd config interface via terminal: gksudo gproftpd

I created an account with a password and logged into it via a windows computer, no problems.

Now I'm playing with setting permissions per account, and when I turn off chmod the user cannot login even after supplying correct credentials.

I did some googling on chmod, but I couldn't find a satisfactory explanation as to its uses.

1) What does chmod actually do? (Laymens to moderate terminology please :P)
2) How can I disable chmod on a proftpd account without disabling their ability to login?

Old 02-08-2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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I am not sure about number two, but I can 'explain' (by explain, I mean link) to you number one:

Dale Ray can explain better, but here's the general gist of it:

chmod is a Unix command for setting the permissions of a file. It is short for change mode.
Basically, it makes users able to read, write, and execute different things around the computer. It's largely helpful for making text files executable for frequently-used shell scripts.

Last edited by Minozake; 02-08-2008 at 07:49 PM. Reason: Grammar
Old 02-09-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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OK I think I see now, its a way to set securities and is expressed numerically. I don't see how unchecking that disallows them to login, nor do I see why they have separate boxes for RWX in addition to a chmod button, but at least now I know what it is ^^



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