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Date:      Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:23:33 +0000
From:      Thomas Adam <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: GUI for file permissions management
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In-Reply-To: <20091119190507.GA26507@guilt.hydra>
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2009/11/19 Chad Perrin <>:
> Those are all filesystem browsers/managers -- right? =A0I've already told
> the person who asked that many such applications have that kind of
> functionality. =A0In 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? =A0In 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.

>> > =A0login.conf or adduser.conf configuration
> . . . though I'm not holding my breath on that. =A0I 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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