Chapter 5. Controlling Ownership Permissions

Chapter 5. Controlling Ownership & Permissions

Chapter Contents

  • Understanding file ownership and permissions

  • Finding out who owns what

  • Finding out which group you're in

  • Changing the group association of files and directories

  • Changing ownership of files and directories

  • Changing permissions

  • Translating mnemonic permissions to numeric permissions

  • Changing permission defaults

Unix and Unix-like operating systems are multiuser systems in which your files are separate from Jane's files, which are separate from Joe's files, and so on. Any file you create is separate from other users' files and usually cannot be directly accessed by Jane, Joe, or any other user.

Occasionally, though, you will need to share files. For example, you might be collaborating on a project with Jane where sharing files (rather than creating and maintaining separate ones) is essential.

This chapter provides an overview of Unix file permissions and ownership. For many systems, though, only the root user can make ownership changes, so you may have to ask for help from your system administrator to actually do this.

Unix(c) Visual Quickstart Guide
UNIX, Third Edition
ISBN: 0321442458
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 251

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