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I have a fairly restrictive umask setting (0077). This is fine, except I have one directory in which I'd like a more permissive setting (0002) to all files created anywhere under that directory. Is there a way to set a umask on a specific directory, so all files created beneath it inherit the same permissions?

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Use ACL's

setfacl -d -m mask:002 /your/dir/here/

http://man-wiki.net/index.php/1:setfacl

If wanting to have a default for a login, just add a "umask 002" to your .bashrc (or whatever shell you use). All new dirs will use this if logged in under that env.

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Just a heads up: ACL's don't translate across a network. (Samba/NFS)... You will need to add to that to the individual network config file insead for the specific dir. (i.e. smb.conf - create mask = 775) – bshea Aug 26 '10 at 22:44
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Actually, AFAIU NFS3 & NFS4 do support (some?) ACLs (at least on linux)? – JanC Aug 26 '10 at 23:28
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And so does Samba... – JanC Aug 26 '10 at 23:31
    
Haven't had to try that in long, long time. Better safe than sorry (!) Good to know. Thanks. – bshea Aug 26 '10 at 23:38
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serverfault.com/questions/6607/… Seems you will have to use 'chmod' if setfacl unavailable under bash. – bshea Jan 26 '11 at 23:34

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