Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

It seems that most other filesystems handle the basic *nix permissions (ugo±rwx), with maybe an addition here or there. Or can be "made" to handle ACLs through the use of other tools on top of the system.

On the wikipedia pages about filesystems ( &, it appears that while some do support extended meta-data, none support natively the level of permissioning that NTFS does.

Am I wrong in this understanding?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

ZFS has a good support for enhanced ACLs. Check out the documentation: Solaris ZFS Administration Guide: Chapter 8 Using ACLs to Protect ZFS Files

Maybe this is something you're searching for. :-)

share|improve this answer
thanks - looks like it's the closest to what I'm looking for - cross platform (, and [fairly] widely used – warren Nov 25 '09 at 12:28

XFS has built in support for filesystem acls and extended attributes.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.