Are file permissions in files on external devices silly?

Remco remco47 at
Fri Nov 21 16:15:24 UTC 2008

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:40 PM, Aaron Toponce <atoponce at> wrote:
> What your brother doesn't realize, is that when you take files from
> system to system, OS to OS, you're going to encounter these headaches.
> It's just the way these things go.

It doesn't have to. Ubuntu knows which devices are removable. Having
user and group ids enforced on them is silly, because these devices
are supposed to be switched between machines, which means that any
machine with root access can break this "security" feature.

It can be solved by simply not enforcing user and group ids on
removable devices.


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