How to Create a Shared Directory for All Users in Linux

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Aaron Kili

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12 Responses

  1. Evi1M4chine says:

    What if a user copies or moves a directory tree from his home directory to the shared one?
    I don’t think the subdirs will magically change their group, let atone recursivelyy because they are not newly created…

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @Evi1

      That’s correct, including the recursive option allows subdirectories to be get top directory permissions automatically. Many thanks for the heads up.

  2. Iulian Murgulet says:

    Hi,

    I think that you do not need 2775. More secure is to use chmod -R 2770. In this case only the desired users/group can access this shared folder, and any others will not have access.

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @lulian

      Yap, your correct, we should have used chmod -R 2770, other system users will be blocked from accessing a shared directory. However, always set permissions depending on your environment needs.

      • José Luis Pérez says:

        In my case, i needed the shared folder were shared also with apache. I had to use “chmod -R 2775”. If I used “chmod -R 2770”, apache couldn’t access to the folders.

  3. Jalal Hajigholamali says:

    HI,
    Thanks,Very useful material,
    I created shared directory under /opt

  4. Ray says:

    I assume that on your distro Apache has a base directory in /var/www unlike a distro like Fedora that starts in /var/www/html/. This would be good for users that want to build a web site together or share common reports over a web server. Another good option is to use ACL with the facl command.

  5. thomas h says:

    Very helpful for the novice admin.

    You should probably highlight that /var/www isn’t a good place to allow ‘regular users’ to store stuff unless you can guarantee it is on a separate filesystem than /var; should a user decide to fill it up system log files no longer can be written

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