setting a umask

James Gray james at
Tue May 9 23:36:44 UTC 2006

On Tue, 9 May 2006 12:31 pm, John L Fjellstad wrote:
> "Serg B." <sergicles at> writes:
> > Also while on the topic, is there a setting that I need to edit to apply
> > default permissions to files and directories that are being created.
> Probably /etc/profile

Actually, it's in /etc/login.defs but read the note in there as thi file is 
ONLY read for sessions started with "login" and wont be picked up 
xdm/kdm/gdm/ssh etc.  However, ssh/rsh etc will be set via profile or shell 
configuration (assuming you set a umask somewhere in there).  If you need 
universal UMASK regardless of the login method or shell, have a look at the 
"libpam-umask" package.


grep me no patterns and I'll tell you no lines.
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