Windows XP Backup resetting unix perms.

Frank Shute frank at
Tue Sep 7 02:00:16 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 11:39:19AM +1000, Danny Carroll wrote:
>  Today I decided to make a backup of some of my unix data to an XP
> machine in preparation for a migration.
> I set windows XP backup running and when it started backing up files in
> my home directory I noticed that it set u-x permissions on all of the
> files.  
> Directories are unaffected.
> If I use XP's security dialog to set the permissions back, they are
> applied OK.
> Has anyone seen this behaviour before?

Yeah, it does that because it doesn't understand unix permissions.

Proper way to back up to XP is to make a tarball of your $HOME first &
then copy it to XP, that way the permissions are preserved.




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