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I have these permissions on a folder.

drwxr-sr-x  2 root    sharedmaster  4096 2010-09-22 10:36 rantest99

I have user tony which is in the group sharedmaster. When I try to mkdir from tony it says permission denied. Why is that?

I have set the gid bit on directory so that new directory has group read write permissions. Where am I wrong.

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In addition granting write access on the parent directory you almost certainly need to adjust the umask of the user which is probably set to filter away group/other write access.

You probably want to set a umask of 0002.

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thanks buddy i got it – John Sep 22 '10 at 3:06

I believe you need to chmod g+w rantest99.


chmod g+w dirname makes a directory writable by members of the group. This is what chmod g+s dirname does:

From info coreutils 'Directory Setuid and Setgid'

27.4 Directories and the Set-User-ID and Set-Group-ID Bits ==========================================================

On most systems, if a directory's set-group-ID bit is set, newly created subfiles inherit the same group as the directory, and newly created subdirectories inherit the set-group-ID bit of the parent directory. On a few systems, a directory's set-user-ID bit has a similar effect on the ownership of new subfiles and the set-user-ID bits of new subdirectories. These mechanisms let users share files more easily, by lessening the need to use 'chmod' or 'chown' to share new files.

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chmod g+w give write access to group sharedmaster. mkdir need only read access – bindbn Sep 22 '10 at 2:10
I have set chmod g+s on the directory parent to rantest99 and i tested making directory rantest99. But the i was not able to write anything inside the newly cretaed directory . although it has s bit set. what is the diff between g+s and g+w – John Sep 22 '10 at 2:23
@Master, you are also going to need to set/adjust the user's umask. – Zoredache Sep 22 '10 at 2:29
@binbn: mkdir somedir; id -Gn someuser | grep somegroup; sudo chown root:somegroup somedir; sudo -u someuser mkdir somedir/subdir "mkdir: cannot create directory somedir/subdir': Permission denied" sudo chmod g+w somedir; sudo -u someuser mkdir somedir/subdir` success – Dennis Williamson Sep 22 '10 at 2:40
@Master: See my edit. – Dennis Williamson Sep 22 '10 at 2:47

paste error please.

test@u1004s02:/tmp$ ls -ald 1
drwxr-sr-x 2 root test 4096 Sep 22 05:49 1
test@u1004s02:/tmp$ id
uid=1001(test) gid=1001(test) groups=1001(test)
test@u1004s02:/tmp$ cd 1  

About setgid:

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