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Updated Mon, 22 Aug 2022 22:37:01 GMT

Keep same file owner for newly created files

This question is regarding samba file access.

I have created a folder A, and under folder A created two folders B and C. And also created three users A, B and C.

User A has access to all three folders but User B has only access to folder B and User C has only access to folder C.

Permission of B & C folders are:

drwxrwxr-x 3 a b 4096 May 10 16:22 b
drwxrwxr-x 3 a c 4096 May 10 16:43 c


When user B creates any new file under folder B, it's permission becomes

drwxr-x--- 2 b b 4096 May 10 16:21 New Folder

whereas I want it to keep the owner, group and permission same as folder B for any newly created files.


Folder b and c are owned by user b and c. A file created by a user will belong to that user.

You can use the user permission for b and c, and the group permissions for a. If you set the SGID bit (g+s) on a folder, created files will get the group permission of that folder.

mkdir a
chown a:a a
chmod g+s a
mkdir b
chown b:a b
mkdir c
chown c:a c

(assuming all users are in a group of the same name.)

Comments (5)

  • +0 – so i don't need to do sticky bit in folder b and c? — May 10, 2013 at 19:16  
  • +0 – they should get the bit automatically when being created inside a folder with that bit. — May 10, 2013 at 19:20  
  • +1 – @user1723636, just so you understand the SGID bit and the "sticky bit" are 2 completely different things. See man chmod. — May 11, 2013 at 10:56  
  • +0 – Also note that this solution is somewhat fragile, if users are able to move files into these directories, the SGID bit ownership will not get applied, so over time "strange" access problems will show up with specific files. — May 11, 2013 at 10:58  
  • +0 – @slm - What should we do in order to make it less fragile? — Mar 12, 2015 at 21:49