[OpenAFS] File ownership/permissions semantics

Bill Stivers stiversb@ucsc.edu
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 15:36:17 -0800

When we moved from Transarc AFS to OpenAFS default permissions  
semantics and behavior seem to have changed.  When this took place,  
one of our other SAs here researched and found some references in  
Google to a permissions semantics change, but wasn't able to find any  
details.  The problem in brief:

On our Transarc servers, the creator/owner of a directory seems to  
have an implicit "a" permission to that directory, but on our OpenAFS  
servers, that doesn't seem to be the case.  Some of our local scripts  
and procedures depend on that implicit "a" permission for security  

Did we miss a compile-time or configuration switch in either client,  
or server, or is this a more fundamental semantics change in the  
OpenAFS fileserver itself?

Bill Stivers
IC Unix Lab and Systems Administrator
University of California at Santa Cruz
v) 831-459-2472
f) 831-459-2914