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10.3: Set the global umask default value
Authored by: daniel_clift on Jan 14, '05 11:15:47AM


You are right of course that this is an unsupported hack and there are various caveats in the hint and subsequent comments to emphasise this already, however it is one that Apple have realised is wanted by their users (note 10000 people have looked at this hint) - hence the inclusion of a Mac OS X Server setting for this problem from version 10.2.6 onwards. This setting was basically an authorised hack that Apple added in response to user demand for a workaround for the problem.

I would also agree with you that an Apple supported hack is better than an unsupported one, plus Panther Server is very nice if you can afford to buy it. However many small businesses will want to run a file server on an ordinary computer through file sharing, as they were used to doing in Mac OS 9, without having to pay for lots of extra server functionality that they don't want or need. This hint helps them move towards being able to do such a thing in a perfectly reasonable manner for free, when used in conjunction with apps like SharePoints etc.

You have might additionally have overlooked the fact that this hint also helps those people who might want to share files on a couple of computers on a home network, and would find buying an extra computer to solve this little problem with a copy of Mac OS X Server 10.3 a little bit overkill.

Hope that helps

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