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Old Apr 30, 2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default permissions in shared folder

I have a small network that includes 3 Macs, all with different OSes (Panther, Tiger, Leopard). The Panther system is set up to share the public folder for everyone on the network. I'm not concerned about security in this folder, I want every file to have read/write for everyone.

So far this hasn't happened. Whenever a new file is saved or transferred from a different computer, the Panther system can't write to it.

How can I change the folder so that every file is automatically given the full read/write permissions?
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong , but I think if you use that shared folder in an external volume, I believe the Finder by default will not care about the ownerships and that is also modifiable.
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You're right, McGiord, that's the "ignore ownership on this volume" command.

My problem is that the public folder is on the startup drive, inside the user folder. Ideally I would use an external drive, but I don't have a drive available.
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I am reading about this in the MacOSX support essentials book.
I think you'll need to use the ACL access control lists, and the chmod + the sticky bit for the shared folder, command via Terminal, are you familiar with that?
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...are you familiar with that?
I haven't memorized it yet, but I'm good at learning.
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As you may notice I'm also learning, so go with caution.

First see what are the permissions that your shared folder has.

Open the Terminal app.

Then navigate up to the directory where you have your shared folder, and type this over the Terminal:

ls -le

This will show you what are the permission set for all what is inside your that folder.
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Old Apr 30, 2008, 09:11 PM   #7
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You may need to disable the sticky bit special permission for the /Users/Shared folder so anyone can access and modify all the files inside that folder.

The sticky bit gives the special characteristic that the files placed there can only be deleted by the owner of the file.
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