[asterisk-users] Group write permissions /etc/asterisk/.

Paul Belanger pabelanger at digium.com
Tue Mar 6 21:02:33 CST 2012

On 12-03-06 05:03 PM, Jason Parker wrote:
> On 03/06/2012 03:44 PM, Karl Fife wrote:
>> It's not a question of whether the default directory permissions are
>> appropriate.  I agree with those.
>> What we're talking about here is what happens during updates to an existing
>> directory. I can't see any rationale for changing the group permissions.  If the
>> group permissions differ from the installation defaults, it is because the
>> sysadmin needed them to be different in order to implement one or more methods
>> of extensibility / interoperability that make Asterisk so powerful.
>> Absolutely, it would make sense for the installer to check to be sure it has
>> SUFFICIENT permissions to operate properly, but it is a huge leap of faith to
>> assume that it's appropriate to simply delete certain group permissions.  Users
>> only in the owner's group if they belong there, no??
>> The upshot is that ever since upgrading to 1.8 we have to re-re-re-reset the
>> group directory permissions to make things work, and that just seems insane to
>> me if that is a design choice, not a regression.
>> -Karl
> It should only set them if the directory does not exist.  If it's changing them,
> something is very seriously broken.
This is a result of changing from

$ mkdir -p /etc/asterisk


$ install -d /etc/asterisk

Install will blindly overwrite existing permissions if the directory 
already exists.  When I did the initial patch, I added logic to check if 
the directory already exists on the file system, if so, skip re-creating 
the directory.  I even noted this issue on reviewboard[1], however it 
was never implemented.

[1] https://reviewboard.asterisk.org/r/654/#review2370

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