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I have a folder in my home directory that I want to be truly shared between all users on the same computer.

So, I set the permission to be 777. Now, all users can access it and can create, ,edit, delete files in it.

However, I do not have write access to files created by other users.

How do I ensure that all files (existing as well as newly created/ copied) have rwx access to all users?

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I suggest you use bindfs.

bindfs allow multiple local users to read and write (create, delete, rename, modify...) all files (including newly created ones) from a shared directory and its subdirectories.

You can specify users by user name or group, it is very flexible.

See - Ubuntu wiki bindfs

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bindfs seems to be very complicated. Wish there were an easy solution like this folder and everything below it will be read-write accessible to all irrespective of who created it For some strange reason, I tried mentioning @ bodhi.zazen name in my reply but it is not showing anything :( – deshmukh Jul 15 '12 at 6:07

The other users have to set the permissions to rwx for you.

If you don't want to install a new software the others users should do this (one of many options):

  1. Set the Access to Folder permission for other users to create & delete files. Do the same with Access to Files permission:


  1. And then push on Apply Permissions to the Files:

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The other users and I need to keep setting the permissions again and again. That is painful. I wish there were an easier way of doing it. Is Public folder the way out? – deshmukh Jul 15 '12 at 6:05

You can use af FUSE mount (mhddfs for instance) and mount as "rw", "exec" without the "default_permissions" option. Any user should be able to read, write and execute files.

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