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Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:16:23 +1100
From: Brian May <>
Subject: Re: Debian FEATURE: /home/loser is with permissions 755, default umask 0022

Jeffrey Walton <> writes:

> [...] like making /home/loser/www available to other users.

Does anybody even do this anymore?

Once upon a time, a shared Unix system account come with an implied web
account which you could use to publish files and create your own
website. But I cannot personally think of any examples where this still
happens. websystems and shell accounts are generally stored on distinct
and independent systems.

Plus even if I was going to implement such a system today, I might
seriously consider using - say "/web/loser" instead. Although this might
have implications if quotas are important. Or maybe something that bind
mounts /home/loser/www to /web/loser, that way the web software doesn't
need access to /home/loser.

Even shared systems - while still around and still very important (HPC
comes to mind) - are a lot less common then they use to be. Most Linux
installs are private non-shared systems. Which I suspect explains why
there isn't a more pressure to fix the default umask issue.
Brian May <>

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