There's a specific user that I don't want to be able to access my home directory. How do I deny access to them, while still allowing access to others who would normally have it?


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If you want to limit access to users outside of your group or any other user, the question is a duplicate of Restrict access to my home folder from another standard user account

Otherwise, if you want to restrict access to just one user, call it enemyuser, use ACL:

cd ~
setfacl -m u:enemyuser:000 .

...and just enemyuser will have the access to your home directory denied.

To check the effect:

[romano@pern:~] % chacl -l .
. [u::rwx,u:enemyuser:---,g::r-x,m::r-x,o::r-x] 

To remove the ACL, you just say:

setfacl -x u:enemyuser .

The *acl commands used here are from the package acl, which should be installed by default (at least, I think).

  • Thanks a lot. Exacly what I wanted. In case I change my mind and I need to allow enemyuser access, what do I need to do?
    – Rob John
    Apr 14, 2015 at 15:53
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    To remove the ACL, replace the -m with -x.
    – Riking
    Apr 14, 2015 at 19:06
  • On my system, the command lsacl does not exist. Where did you get it? Apr 21, 2015 at 11:25
  • @PaddyLandau oops, it's a script I got from internet some time ago that pretty-prints long ACL lists. I changed the answer using standard tools. Here: lists.gnu.org/archive/html/coreutils/2014-10/msg00031.html
    – Rmano
    Apr 21, 2015 at 12:40

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