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10.4: Use Access Control Lists for fine-grained control
Authored by: Thom on May 06, '05 11:56:43AM

I was SO GEEKED when I learned about this feature.

You know how, when you go to college and they've got high speed internet access everywhere, it pretty much spoils you for ever using dialup again, if you can help it?

Well, at my school they also used AFS (Andrew File System, sometimes called IFS (Institutional... )) which had ACLs built in. Once I learned how to use these commands, it was a LOT easier to manage group directories in order to effectively share files with other students. In particular, organizations with lots of different subcomittees who all needed different access to files.

Setting up our file server at work with 10.4 Server is going to be so much easier now - I can think of at least ten places off the top of my head where we're had to do these nasty 'directory within a directory' sort of access control, because of the 'only one group per file' limitation that is inherent to most unices.

But man, I'm going to hate relearning the commands. Maybe I can make a set of aliases or shell scripts to map 'fs la' to 'ls -le', translate 'pts mem', etc. (Small price to pay!)



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