[Samba] Samba Directory Permissions

Greg Hirsch Greg.Hirsch at logicare.com
Wed May 28 14:00:41 GMT 2003

Slight correction: Write permission doesn't necessarily grant delete permission.  If a user has write permission on a file but not on the dir it resides in, the user can modify the file but can't delete it.  Permissions of 755 on a directory and 777 on specific files inside it will allow everyone to modify those files, but only the directory owner to create or delete them.


-----Original Message-----
From: John H Terpstra [mailto:jht at samba.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 8:53 AM
To: Manuel Linder
Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba Directory Permissions

On Wed, 28 May 2003, Manuel Linder wrote:

> Hello,
> I installed samba on a linux-machine is it now possible to prohibit the
> samba users from deleting and creating new directories but allow them to
> save and edit files in the directories.

This question has been asked many times on this list. I encourage posters
to do some homework before posting repetitive questions that can irritate
some of our readers.

If I have edit (write) capability, then I can remove all content band
write and empty file. In that case I have deleted all content!

Under Unix - if you have write capability to a file you can delete it.

If anyone can come up with a way around this then judging by comments on
this list, the IT industry needs you!

- John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org
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