SUMMARY: Odd chmod problem...

From: Don Werve <>
Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 13:15:57 EDT
 > IIRC, 'chmod 2775 $foo' should set the following bits on a directory:
 >    drwxrwsr-x   2 luser    users        512 Jul  2 09:18 foo
 >However, when I run the command on our new fileserver (a Solaris 8
 >box), I only get the following:
 >    drwxrwxr-x   2 luser    users        512 Jul  2 09:18 foo
 > After that, I have to manually 'chmod g+s' to get the sticky bit set.
 > Is this normal behavior, or am I doing something wrong?

After being properly hit over the head with the man page of chmod(1), 
the following passage came to light:

     Note that the setgid bit cannot be set (or cleared) in abso-
     lute  mode;  it  must  be  set (or cleared) in symbolic mode
     using g+s (or g-s).

Thanks to Dan, Dave, and Brett for a quick and LARTful response.

Don Werve <> (Unix System Administrator)

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