I am slowly learning FreeBSD through a home server build and have run into a permissions issue that I can't seem to resolve despite a great deal of searching.

As my admin user "sadmin", when trying to rm -R a directory, I get permission denied. My user is in the group for all directories leading up to the directory I want to move. r-x is set for all parent directories. rwx is set for the directory I wish to rm. I am able run ls and cd in the entire file tree leading to the directory and I can change into the directory.

The file tree uses a group called autoagent, and sadmin is part of the autoagent group. I have logged out and logged back in to no effect.

Some output:

$ id

uid=1001(sadmin) gid=1001(sadmin) groups=1001(sadmin),0(wheel),1002(autoagent)

$ ls -l / | grep management

drwxr-xr-x 3 sadmin autoagent 512 Jul 3 18:23 management

$ ls -l /management/

total 5092

drwxr-xr-x 5 sadmin autoagent 512 Jul 3 18:32 nzbget

-rw-r--r-- 1 sadmin autoagent 5156582 Jul 3 18:22 nzbget-latest-bin-freebsd.run

$ ls -l /management/nzbget/ | grep downl

drwxr-xr-x 8 sadmin autoagent 512 Jul 4 10:35 downloads

$ ls -l /management/nzbget/downloads/ | grep inter

drwxr-xr-x 3 root autoagent 512 Jul 4 11:05 intermediate

$ ls -l /management/nzbget/downloads/intermediate/

total 4

drwxrwxr-x 2 root autoagent 512 Jul 4 11:05 a12E3vdklK8KKdn

$ rm -R /management/nzbget/downloads/intermediate/a12E3vdklK8KKdn/ rm: /management/nzbget/downloads/intermediate/a12E3vdklK8KKdn/: Permission denied

I'm certain that I'm not handling permissions correctly, but I don't know what else to do.


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I think to remove the file a12E3vdklK8KKdn you will need write access to the directory containing it. The file is being unlinked from the directory.

The directory intermediate only has r-x permission for the autoagent group.


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