Quote Originally Posted by bellygrevios View Post
My other users need to be able to look in a media directory and other files not under /home (such as /var/www and others. I can't just stop them from accessing every system folder.
* It is a good idea to backup the system before you do this, because you can easily break the system, if you remove permissions or change ownership on certain files.
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Yes, this is possible with Pacman's method. Do you need detailed advice?

- create a group and add those with higher permissions into that group. You can give it any name (not yet used), for example 'plus'.
Use
Code:
users-admin
or edit directly the file /etc/group if you know what you are doing

- set the permissions of some directories to be only accessible by the user and that group, 750.
Code:
sudo chmod 750 directory
(Use the actual name of the directory to be addressed.)

- set the group ownership of those directories to be 'plus'
Code:
sudo chgrp plus directory
- set the permissions of other directories to be accessible by everybody, 755 (you wrote 'such as /var/www and others')
Code:
sudo chmod 755 directory
- /tmp should always have rwx for everybody, 777, for the system to work properly.

* Check with
Code:
ls -l
in the directory above the one you want to check, that the permissions are what you want.

- You may need to set permissions and ownership of certain files too. Then use the file name(s) instead of a directory name in the chmod and chgrp command lines.