Recently I blogged about the advanced permission management tool for nautilus, which could be switched on using the gconf-editor. I noticed that one of the comments mentioned that neither of them had adequate support for ACLs. This post will remedy that.
If you have no idea what ACLs are you might skip this post as I’m not going to go into detail explaining them. I simply want to outline how to add graphical support for ACLs with a tool called eiciel.
The eiciel package can be installed in Ubuntu by way of the standard repositories. Either click the link below or run the command, and you’ll be on your way:
sudo aptitude install eiciel
This will install an extension to the native “Properties” of a file (find this via right-click, Properties) which will let you add and update ACLs. note: You may not see this listed until you restart nautilus, which can be done using:
If you find that this isn’t working for you you’ll need to ensure that your file system is mounted with ACL support. This can be done one of the following ways:
sudo mount -o remount,acl /filesystem
You can also update your
/etc/fstab to include “
defaults,acl” for the filesystem(s) that you want to be supported and then remount. Again, I’m assuming you know what ACLs are. A definition for ACLs may be for a later post.