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Old 11-21-2006, 10:09 PM   #1
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urgent umask problem


there was previous related thread to umask question but it was unable to satisfy my problem.

1.If i change defualt umask will that same umask be aplicable to both files and directories or it will be for only files or directories.

2. i am logging through i wish to change umask to which file i have to mention it and what will be the coding command which i will have to write in the file.


Old 11-22-2006, 04:52 AM   #2
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  1. Yes it should apply to both files and directories
  2. Hopefully you are only logging in as root when doing sysadmin and not daily use. You can put the umask value in your ~/.bash_profile or /etc/profile e.g.
    umask 022
Old 11-22-2006, 05:35 AM   #3
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If you're even unsure, just test it.
for testmask in 012 345 677; do 
  umask $testmask
  mkdir $testmask.d
  touch f$testmask.f
ls -l
This table summarizes the results:
umask :  0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7
dir   : rwx rw- r-x r-- -wx -w- --x ---
file  : rw- rw- r-- r-- -w- -w- --- ---
If the octal argument confuses you, you can use symbolic mode:
umask a=rx,ug+w
The manual page describes this in more detail, and has quite a few examples.
Old 11-22-2006, 06:43 AM   #4
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thanks a lot reddaz and mathewg42.thanks for quick responce



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