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Mon Feb  6 11:34:58 CST 1995

Traditional Unix umask restored; sharing of files must now be explicit.

    Subtopics: overview, umask, chgrp, chmod, ls -l (ll), groups.

o   Overview:

    Persons working together in a group often wish to make files (and even
    more often directories) writable to all members of a group.  Several
    commands relate to this need.  In the following, "objects" means a:
    "list of names of any filesystem objects, like files, directories, etc".

    To see what groups you are in:             groups
    To see what groups of another user:        groups 
    To see all users in a given group:         ypmatch  group
    To see the groupname on objects:           ls -l 
    To set the groupname on objects:           chgrp  
    To allow group write access to objects:    chmod g+w 
    To disable group write access to objects:  chmod g-w 
    To disable group write on 

    The alias "ll" has been provided to csh/tcsh users for long listings.

    For further information, read the manual pages on:
        groups, ls, chgrp, chmod, umask.

o   Policy:

    The default Umask of 002, allowing basically all users to overwrite
    each others files in their home directories, has been changed to the
    Unix norm of 022, prevented implicit group sharing of new files.  Any
    further variations my be set in the ~/.cshrc.mine file.

    In anticipation of using shared directories *outside* of users homes
    for archiving work to share, the following details on chgrp(1) and
    chmod(1) are provided:

o   Chgrp:

    Here a long listing (ls -l) of a shared directory of group "wing":

        }-2.504-$ mkdir kilrathi
        }-2.505-$ chgrp wing kilrathi
        }-2.506-$ chmod g+w,+t kilrathi 
        }-2.508-$ ls -l
        total 1836
        drwxrwxr-t    2 joeuser wing         512 Feb  6 14:50 kilrathi
             |                   |
             +-write enabled for-+

    Anything created within this directory will also belong to "wing".
    The "+t" (sticky bit) is supposed to prevent removal of others' files,
    except that on IRIX 5.2 it stupidly allows joeuser to anyway, and may
    not work correctly over NFS.  Just "g+w" is normal sharing, and any
    "wing" group member can remove any file.

o   Chmod:

    Use chmod(1) to remove read/write access for anyone else on stuff
    like your mail, news, phonelist, etc:

        }-2.509-$ chmod go-rw mbox

    Also, to add execute permission to a new script you've written:

        }-2.510-$ chmod +x ~/bin/netload

Learning Unix, and quirks about Unix at this site.

    Subtopics: books, command, defaults, search path, software.

o   Books to check out:
        Teach Yourself Unix     (easy tuturial approach)
        Unix for the Impatient  (guide/reference, include Emacs and X)

o   Commands the beginner should know about:
        man, ls, more, emacs/vi, cd, exit, mv, cp, rm, Mail, mkdir, rmdir.

o   Commands the beginner should learn next:
        ls -la, chmod, groups, chgrp, umask, set, alias, ps, finger, kill. 

o   Default account setup:
        New accounts use the bash(1) and have symbolic links to generic
        configuration files which are not writable to the user.  The
        default umask is 022.  Mail is POP-only.
        Several aliases are provided, and the dotfiles auto-config
        the search path and environment to whichever major software
        packages are found on the system.  Users begin in group "person"
        with no additional groups.

o   Search path:
	    The directory /pod/local/bin, and many others, should be included
	    in the path automatically by the default startup scripts for the
	    shells csh and tcsh.  They are created from the YP/NIS map named
        "auto.pod".  This has not yet been generalized to either the
        LD_LIBRARY_PATH or MANPATH variables.
o   Key services:
        SMTP, NNTP, NFS (w/automount), YP/NIS, DNS (primary), X11R6,
        SNMP, HTTP, rwhod, timed (to UTC), xdm.

o   Key public software and sundry:
        GNU, screen, PBM, RFC's, Mosaic, Netscape, HTTPD, IRC (no server),
        less, PERL, TCL/TK.

If your passwords are insecure, or missing, run: /pod/local/bin/password

    The required way to set your account password within Origin.
    Performs exhaustive checks to make sure your password cannot be
    easily guessed.

These machines crossmount with paths of the form: /on//

    This allows you to view files on any of the Unix machines as
    though those files all resided on the local host, under a special
    pathname starting with /on// .  This is implemented via the

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