Is it possible to create a directory that ordinary users cannot delete, but they could create and delete files and subdirectories inside this directory? i.e. for


users could create files and directories both in /share and /share/permanent but cannot delete /share/permanent directory (nor /share directory either).

/share should be a samba-share so permissions maybe be set on smb.conf if not possible on file system?

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    chown /share/permanent to a user no one can access (e.g. root) and write protect /share – M.Fooladgar Dec 15 '15 at 16:06

In your scenario where the directory is /share/permanent/

    mkdir -p /share/permanent
    chmod 755 /share
    chmod 777 /share/permanent
    sudo chown -R root:root /share

This works because now deleting /share/permanent would be considered writing to share, which is only writable by root. /share/permanent/ can be written to by and read by anyone.

If you want to make it so that people can only delete file that they own you can set the +t flag with chmod.

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