Add user read write execute permissions to folder owned by root?

June 16, 2019 460 views
Block Storage Ubuntu 18.04

What’s the best way to add read write and execute permission to a folder for a user other than root within a mounted drive?

I took a look at and I’m not understanding how to modify the instructions given by DO to fit what was provided in the answer to the question.

mkdir -p /mnt/staging_nyc1_volume_01
mount -o discard,defaults /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-0DO_Volume_staging-nyc1-volume-01 /mnt/staging_nyc1_volume_01
echo /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-0DO_Volume_staging-nyc1-volume-01 /mnt/staging_nyc1_volume_01 ext4 defaults,nofail,discard 0 0 | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab
1 Answer

Hi there @tannerchung,

You should be able to set permissions for a specific user using the setfacl command.

The following would give the user username read/write/execute permissions to the folder myfolder:

setfacl -m u:username:rwx myfolder

Hopefully, you can adapt that to your exact situation to set the permissions correctly! :)

You can find more info on the manpage for setfacl:

Hope that helps!
- Matt.

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