Unix Interview Questions and Answers


How do you change File Access Permissions in UNIX OS?

Every file has following attributes:

owner's user ID ( 16 bit integer )

owner's group ID ( 16 bit integer )

File access mode word

'r w x -r w x- r w x'

(user permission-group permission-others permission)

r-read, w-write, x-execute

To change the access mode, we use chmod(filename,mode).

Example 1:

To change mode of myfile to 'rw-rw-r--' (ie. read, write permission for
user - read,write permission for group - only read permission for others) we give
the args as:

chmod(myfile,0664) .

Each operation is represented by discrete values

'r' is 4

'w' is 2

'x' is 1

Therefore, for 'rw' the value is 6(4+2).

Example 2:

To change mode of myfile to 'rwxr--r--' we give the args as:


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