Thursday, May 20, 2004

File Permissions

$ ls -l /etc/gnome/gnomerc

This is what you will get:

QUOTE (Text @ Screen)
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 484 Feb 25 14:08 /etc/gnome/gnomerc

This does look a bit complicated but it really isn´t. The first 10 characters are built up like this:

- | rwx | r-x | r-x

The first one tells you whether it is a file ( - ) a directory ( d ) or a link ( l )
The next three are for the "user" 'r'ead 'w'rite and e'x'ecute. The next three for the "group" and the last three for all "others"

The next 1 stands for the number of links to the file. The owner. The group. The size in bytes. The date and time of the last modification to the file. And the name of the file.