Proposed change for Win9x file permissions...

Max Bowsher
Sat May 24 20:35:00 GMT 2003

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Sat, May 24, 2003 at 01:55:30PM -0400, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> I like the idea but I'm wondering if it is too general.  Corinna, what do
>> you think?
> I like the idea as well but wouldn't that eventually cause problems if
> the umask disables the user bits?  I'm a bit concerned about the new
> arriving questions on the cygwin ML due to applications checking these
> bits in combination with clueless users.  It would be better, IMHO, if
> the umask couldn't mask the user bits at all, just the group and other
> bits.

Will anything or anyone ever set a umask masking user bits?

It seems like a very unlikely corner case.
I suppose someone might *want* to set such a umask, though, if they really
needed to test permissions behaviour on Win9x.

I can't see a clueless user figuring out how to change the umask at all, so
since the default doesn't mask user access, we should be safe from
unnecessary questions, shouldn't we?


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