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On a Linux (ubuntu) machine, an automated script running as a normal user is creating a subdirectory under its home directory. For some reason, the directory is created with Access: (0000/d---------). umask is 0022. This obviously means the script can't create any files in that directory. Can anyone think of anything?

Apparently this only happens with the non-superuser account.

Update: The problem was actually a bug. mkdir was called as a system command from C code, not as the command-line utility. And the programmer who called it used mode=0...

Anyway - the reason it DID work when running as root, is that root can create files in directories even when the permissions don't allow it.

  • wow, cool problem. Thanks for updating with the solution – Matt Simmons Jun 16 '09 at 13:11
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What is the umask of that users login session set to?

Also you can always chmod the directory after you create it. "man chmod" for details.

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