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Old 05-22-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
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Untar an archive as root -> weird permissions


whenever I untar an archive as root, the permissions of all untarred directories are 777. When doing the same as regular user, they are 755. What could be the problem?
Old 05-22-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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There is no problem as such.

Untarring as root gives read, write & execute permission across the board whereas, when you untar as a regular user, as the owner of the file(s) you automatically have read, write and execute permission but for people in your group or in the group others they only have read and execute permissions. You as the owner of said files would need to assign write permissions for them.

The real problem is one of security. This is one of the reasons why you should always untar your archives as a regular user and only do the final installation procedure as root.

I hope my explaination makes sense

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