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Permissions, umasks and group


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Hi there - I've tried to read up on this but have got myself confused (doesn't take a lot) so hopefully someone here will help explain to a newbie.

I have a folder - let's call it authors that is in /var

I have a group called authors that I have several members in, and I want all of them to have full access to the contents of /var/authors and to be able to add, edit and delete anything, but NOT the actual /var/authors folder itself.

I want new folders within /var/authors to have the permission 775 and new files to have 644, and anything created to be owned by the relevant user, and by the group "authors".

I'm confused where I go with umasks and permissions to achieve this.

Any help / talk through appreciated!

thanks :)

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