12.2 Viewing or Modifying File Ownership

The owner of a file is assigned by default to be the identity of the user who creates the file. Ownership does not determine who can access a file because the NSS file system uses the Novell Trustee Model to control access. However, user quotas for NSS volumes consider file ownership to enforce user space restrictions. You might need to change the ownership of a file or folder in order to make the space it consumes be charged against a different user. Changing the ownership of the file or folder does not modify who can access it, but it does modify whose user name is charged for the space it consumes.

The Creator field shows the typeless distinguished eDirectory user name (such as username.context) of the user who owns the file or folder. If the user name becomes invalid, such as if an employee leaves the company, the GUID of the user name is reported. For NSS, any number of files or folders can be represented by GUIDs instead of valid user names.

To modify the ownership of file or folder, you must be logged in as an administrator user of the server. Specifically, you need the eDirectory Write right on the NCP Server object for the server.

  1. In iManager, click Files and Folders, then click Properties to open the Properties page.

  2. Click the Search icon to browse and locate file from the Storage objects, click the name link of the file to select it.

    The path name of the file or folder appears in the Name field.

  3. Click OK to open the file’s Properties page.

    Properties screen shot
  4. On the Information page, the Creator field shows the typeless distinguished user name of the current owner, such as username.context.

    Creator field
  5. If you want to modify the owner, click the Search icon to open the Object Browser dialog box, then locate and select the user name of the new owner.

  6. If you modified the owner, click Apply or OK on the Information page in order to save the change.