HOWTO Manipulate POSIX ACL on Linux 2.6

This article was first written in March 2006 for the BeezNest technical
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Disclaimer: The purpose of this article is not to explain the purpose of POSIX ACL.

To manipulate POSIX ACL on Debian, with a 2.6 kernel (starting from Sarge):

  • install package acl
  • edit /etc/fstab to add option acl to the mountpoints where you want to use ACL
  • play with getfacl and setfacl

See for more info.

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