GUI for file permissions management

Thomas Adam thomas.adam22 at
Thu Nov 19 19:23:55 UTC 2009

2009/11/19 Chad Perrin <perrin at>:
> Those are all filesystem browsers/managers -- right?  I've already told
> the person who asked that many such applications have that kind of
> functionality.  In my initial question to this list, I said:

I know what you mentioned -- unfortunately you're only going to find
what you want as *part* of something much larger -- in this case a
file manager.  And in the examples I gave, those are considered
light-weight, especially midnight commander.

> Do you know if there's anything like *that* available, rather than an
> entire filesystem browser/manager application that just happens to also
> have a way to change permissions on files and directories?

See above.  I have never come across anything standalone, and at this
point, given your somewhat unique requirements, you might be better
off writing one yourself perhaps in Tk or something.  :)

> Also . . . do any of the applications you mentioned provide a way to
> manage things like umasks or home directory default permissions?  In my
> original post to this list, I had also mentioned that sort of thing:

This would be more beneficial as a shell setting -- changing one's
umask at the drop of a hat is almost always the wrong thing to do.

>> >  login.conf or adduser.conf configuration
> . . . though I'm not holding my breath on that.  I rather suspect
> managing umasks in login.conf and user directory default permissions in
> adduser.conf is not something anyone has bothered to incorporate in a GUI
> interface.

Correct, see above.  It's not something one would interactively
change. especially as it's a shell setting -- so this GUI app would
have  a hard time enforcing it (c.f. interactive shell instances
already open.)


-- Thomas Adam

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