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Old 01-08-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default creation time user home directory permissions.

Hello folks,
When I am creating a user (say sandy) on my FC14 system, I find that the default permissions for her home directory (/home/sandy) are 700.
Can I somehow set up my system so that these permissions are 711 in place of 700.


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Old 01-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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What's your umask set to (`umask` command)? You can change it to 0066 to do this (unless the permissions are in a user creation script) (`umask 0066`), though keep in mind this will make the default permissions on files 600.
Old 01-08-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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The umask is for creation of file after the user accounts are created. (perhaps ). And what is more each user can have a different value for umask.

I feel the permissions for the user home directory reflects some system-wide setting ?

Incidently for my account the umask is set to 0002.

Am I wrong in above ? It seems I am a bit confused.

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:32 AM   #4
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OK folks,
It seems that the default setting are there in the /etc/login.defs. I changed the umask value in this file to 066.
However I find that this change has effect when I am creating user directly by giving command "useradd" in the terminal. But if I create the user through "System->Administration->Users and Groups", there is still the same permissions. I even restarted the computer. Since this graphical tool uses system-config-users, I tried to check its configuration files, but alas, no use.

Strange !

How can we make system-config-users fall in line ?

Any help.

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