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Thread: why is default home directory permissions 755?

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    why is default home directory permissions 755?

    On most unixes I find the default home directory permissions are 755. Can someone explain to me why this is? I usually get on just fine with 750. Why 755?

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    I understand 755 is the default directory umask but why doesn't adduser change this before making new home directories? Is there a good reason for home directories to be globally readable?
    Last edited by sigflup; February 9th, 2011 at 01:08 AM.

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    Re: why is default home directory permissions 755?

    The reason for permissions to be set to 755, is to make it easier for new users to share files. Personally I set permissions to 700 for my home directory.

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