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ubuntu 10.04 - how to give user access to folder

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Hi,

I am the root of my computer and there is a folder at /csd. Unfortunately, everytime i need to access the folder, i need to login as root.
This is the permissions for the folder : drwxr-xr-x    root root

How, I do i change it so that i have read write excute access it . Thanks.
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by:Papertrip
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chown -R yourusername /csd

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by:Steve
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chmod 777 csd

that'll give everyone full access to read/write to that folder - INCLUDING anonymous users..

this can be a security risk though if its internet writable.. a 'chmod 775' will give the logged in user write access.. but not anonymous users..

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chown -R username:groupname /csd

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chmod 777 /csd

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The best option is
chown -R username:groupname /csd

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, but you need to know a group you are in, usually your primary group is the best choice but that totally depends on how the files will be accessed/used.

Your primary group should be the first one listed from the command 'groups'
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-R is for recursive, so you don't end up just changing ownership/perms on the directory but instead get everything underneath as well.
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by:Papertrip
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a 'chmod 775' will give the logged in user write access.. but not anonymous users..

For this situation that will only work if the user is in group 'root'.
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by:boon86
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i use:

chown -Rf username:groupname /csd

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recursive for each files and folder inside /csd

then chmod +x /csd or chmod 755 /csd

if you plan to use it on web server like nginx or lighttpd, you need to do like this:

First, you had to grant access to your home directory:

setfacl -m u:yourusername:rx /csd


Next, you had to grant access to your static app:

setfacl -R -m u:yourusername:rx /csd

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thanks a million
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