permission issue

Darryl Clarke smartssa at
Fri Oct 21 13:43:01 UTC 2005

On 10/21/05, Jens <commercial at> wrote:
> hi!
> something strange happened yesterday and id like to get some help
> understanding it. i was showing a friend how permissions work and did this:
> as user eg. joe:
> cd ~/
> mkdir test
> chmod og-rwx test
> cd test
> sudo touch file
> sudo chmod og-rwx file
> now heres whats STRANGE:
> rm -f file
> and the file is deleted...this means that user joe deleted a file owned
> by root with 700 permissions.
> this def. seems counterintutitive to me but id very much appreciate
> being corrected.

That is very, very interesting.  I'd like to know why that works.  I'm
going to look myself, but I don't know how successful I'll be.

~ Darryl  ~ smartssa at /

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