I am trying to set up ACL's so that all new sub-directories and files withing a directory automatically inherit it's parents permissions. From what I understand I could achieve this by setting the default permissions for all groups and users, this is what I did:

mkdir test 
chown root:media test
chmod 775 test
chmod g+s test (so all directories and files are in the same group)
setfacl -dm g::rwx test
getfacl test

Here is the output of the last command:

# file: test
# owner: dom
# group: media
# flags: -s-

All seems correct but when I create files withing thest directory they do not have correct permissions.

cd test
mkdir dir
touch file
ls -l

Here are the results of the last command:

root@Server:/test# ls -l
total 4 
drwxrwsr-x+ 2 root media 4096 Oct 27 19:24 dir
-rw-rw-r--  1 root media    0 Oct 27 19:24 file

I am using Ubuntu Server 14.04 with on ext4 file system.

Ac you can see the directory has the correct permissions but the file is missing execute permissions. I have also tried this on another directory (/mnt/disk1) and the file was missing read permissions also. What am I doing wrong?

  • This page says a three-year-old bug makes ACLs ineffective. Could that be your issue? – muru Oct 28 '14 at 23:22
  • @muru that's unbelievable. Does it mean you simply cannot have ACL defaults in linux no matter what? – DominicM Oct 29 '14 at 0:45
  • Sorry, I really don't know much about ACLs, but that notice is present very prominently in the wiki page, so I figured it might be what you are facing. – muru Oct 29 '14 at 0:55

With no other answer I am adding my answer since the issue has been somewhat resolved.

Due to a three year old (!) cp/mv in coreutils don't respect the default ACL of parent directories bug the default ACL permission are non-functional and the reason acl's did not work for me.

  • How has this issue been resolved? Is there a launchpad bug for this issue? – Eyal Dec 16 '14 at 12:35
  • The question is resolved but not the bug, the solution is simply not to use ACL as it is broken and since it broken for 3+ years there's no reason to believe it will be fixed soon. – DominicM Dec 17 '14 at 15:56
  • What is the solution if we want this behaviour though? What else can we use? – chrismacp Sep 6 at 11:50

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