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 Mac OS X ACLs

My experience with ACLs (Access Control Lists) was on Solaris and was not nearly as painful as Michael Solberg reports. However I have not had that much use for them. They can let you do some very flexible things with files and directories shared between users. If you want to learn about ACLs on a Mac this is an excellent article to start with.

"I have to admit, when I first heard that Apple was adding ACLs to the next version of OS X, I got a pretty nasty lump in my throat and ordered another pint of ale. I was first introduced to ACLs in DFS on AIX and I still have nightmares and flashbacks of files which can't be deleted by root and will forever remain on the disk until the next newfs. After reading through Apple's new File Services manual however, I've learned to stop fearing and start loving the ACL. Apple's implementation of ACLs on Darwin is actually very intuitive and makes a whole lot of sense."
Grokking Darwin ACLs

 (Submitted by Noel Wed Sep 14, 2005 )


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