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Linus Systems Administrative Interview San Antonio, TX

Explain what the 'sticky bit' is, and what it does


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The sticky bit is only of use on directories. If set, only the owner of the directory or the owner of any file in the sticky-bitted directory can delete (unlink) or rename the file. The sticky bit is not used on normal files, although you can set it.

Kirk on Aug 10, 2012

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