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Linux administrator file access

As a linux administrator, to give access to a file which is not accessible to a commom user, create a link of that file in the /home/user/folder. Give owners rights to the link. The changes made by the user are automatically updated in the original file without having access to the original file instead. The advantage is that user has access to the link present in his home directory only and not the original file.
Use command under root login
  1. ln /home/user/
  2. chown username
  3. login as user and modify the file
  4. check original file updated as root

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This was first published in May 2001

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