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CrossNodes: Fine-Tuning Linux Administration with ACLs

Sep 18, 2003, 07:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

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"Linux's venerable file and user permissions system is solid and dependable, but not very flexible, unfortunately. For users to share access to a particular document or resource, they must all be in the same group. It's an all-or-nothing deal, as all users within a group have all the same rights, which is most inconvenient when you wish to exclude someone, or include someone only on a limited basis.

"Plus it's tedious to create a new group simply to share a document, printer, or directory. In time, you can end up with zillions of groups and no idea of what is going on, which, as many admins can attest to, inevitably results in turning to drink and life quickly going to heck in a handbasket..."

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