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I have some files on a network share and they were read-only accessible to users. I had set the permissions to provide full rights to all domain users - when I checked the main folder, this was still set, but at deeper levels it was sent to read-only. When I right-clicked on the child folder it told me that the permissions where improperly ordered and then allowed me to reorder them. How does this happen?

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There is no one definitive way for them to get out of order, it can happen a few different ways. Some that I've run into:

  • Making a rights change and hitting cancel cancel OMG cancel in a panic before it gets done applying (kinda bad if you do it at the top of a 4-million file directory tree).
  • Command-line utilities (I'm thinking xcacls, I believe) that didn't respect ordering, you could shoot yourself in the foot easily that way.
  • Backup utilities that misbehave on restore.

There are probably more!

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  • Thanks. Very helpful - and I enjoyed the humor as well. I can identify with the "cancel cancel OMG cancel" panic as well. – David Mackey Dec 4 '13 at 14:35

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