Get exact control over your files and directories using ACLs in Linux

Posted by VISITOR on Nov 19, 2005 8:07 PM EDT
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Linux had lacked a feature wherein you can have finer control over who you allow read, write and execute access to your files and directories. But not anymore. If you are using a newer kernel (2.6), you can implement it using ACLs. A short and sweet article.

If you are a windows user then you must be aware of the fine grained control over who can read, write and execute files residing in NTFS file system. And Unices like FreeBSD and Solaris has had it since a long time. On the other hand, Linux by default, has basic control of read, write and execute access rights for files and directories. But if you are using Linux kernel 2.6, you can also have fine-grained control over files and directories residing on ext2/3, XFS, JFS and ReiserFS file systems by enabling ACLs. ACL stands for Access Control Lists and is enabled by appending the word 'acl' in the relevant section of your /etc/fstab file.

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