I work in a shared computing environment and the default setting is r-x for group and others; it's upto the users to change this. I can chmod and change the permissions for all the files. However any new files created all have the default permissions. Is there anyway to change that so that I don't have to chmod everytime or run chmod as a cronjob?
The setting you're looking for is called the
umask, and that's also the name of the command that changes it. To make a persistent change, add a
umask command to your shell startup file -- probably named
.bash_profile, in your home directory; if you don't seem to have any such file, post the output of these commands:
$ grep $LOGNAME /etc/passwd $ (cd; ls -ld .??*)