jenkins@hostname:~/dir1/dir2$ ls -ld /some-nfs
drwxrwxrwx 121 171 146 6290 Feb  8 15:38 /some-nfs

jenkins@hostname:~/dir1/dir2$ ls -ld /some-nfs/important-dir
drwxrwxrwx 3 jenkins jenkins 28 Feb  8 15:39 /some-nfs/important-dir

jenkins@hostname:~/dir1/dir2$ mkdir /some-nfs/important-dir/important-dir/logs # able to create a dir

jenkins@hostname:~/dir1/dir2$ ls -ld /some-nfs/important-dir/logs
drwxrwxr-x 2 jenkins jenkins 0 Feb  8 15:39 /some-nfs/important-dir/logs

jenkins@hostname:~/dir1/dir2$ touch /some-nfs/important-dir/logs/file # not able to create a file
touch: cannot touch ‘/some-nfs/important-dir/logs/file’: Permission denied

Why am I getting Permission denied in the last step ?

I was expecting to be able to create the file.

  • Where is here? Is this an NFS mount from somewhere else? If so, are you synchronizing user IDs manually, or with NIS or LDAP?
    – Spooler
    Feb 9, 2018 at 0:44
  • /some-nfs is an nfs mount. I am not synchronizing my user ids. jenkins user is not an ldap user. It exists on the machine because I have jenkins installed on the machine. Feb 9, 2018 at 0:48
  • So is the user ID for jenkins on this example machine the same as the ID for jenkins on the NFS server?
    – Spooler
    Feb 9, 2018 at 0:49
  • jenkins does not exist on the nfs server. Feb 9, 2018 at 0:51
  • But please note I am able to create a directory using mkdir but not able to create a file using touch Feb 9, 2018 at 0:51

1 Answer 1


NFS by default will downgrade any files created with the root permissions to the nobody:nogroup user:group.

This is a security feature that prevents privileges from being shared unless specifically requested.

It may be that you would like to enable the "no_root_squash" option in the nfs server's /etc/exports file.

There is a really nice article about root_squash that I recommend you to read before deciding if it's the correct solution for you.

  • I do not have access to server's /etc/exports file and there is no way I can get that access. Even if I did get access I will not be allowed to change the /etc/exports file. Feb 9, 2018 at 1:34
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    Then I don't think you'll be able to solve it.
    – Itai Ganot
    Feb 9, 2018 at 2:51

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