10-07-2011 01:04 PM
I would like to change the permissions on folders inside the Public folder, so that only the adminstrator (=>me) can delete files, and other users (=>my kids) can only read them. We have put the whole family collection of photos in the public folder so that every member of the family can browse them, buy I don't want the kids to delete pictures they don't like. I'm quite computer savvy, but not a network expert.
This seems a reasonable request to me, I'd be grateful if someone could provide me with a clue.
10-07-2011 08:34 PM
I also have basically the same requirement, but need the kids to be able to copy(download) whatever they want too to their ipad's, and/or PC's for viewing elsewhere. If they want to save any content onto the Home Server, they need to come and see me. Basically looking for a Read/Only option.
Thanks In Advance
10-11-2011 07:12 AM - edited 10-11-2011 07:14 AM
Put the photos in your Personal folder. Create an album and add them to the album. Share the album with "Family" in the information pane. Your kids can now view the albums and not delete/alter any of it's contents.
10-11-2011 08:36 AM
Thanks for your reply, unfortunately it doesn't work that way: I have, as most people I presume, gathered, over the years, a huge (20.000+) collection of photo's organised in folders and subfolders. (That's why I bought a huge drive for in the first place!) The Seagate " share" feature doesn't allow subfolders, and I'm not at all willing to de-hierachise the folder tree, and make individual shares for each subfolder, there are (a guess, never counted) between 500 and 1000 of them. Also nobody (here) cares about the "share" web interface, nor the Seagate software (apart from popping up annoying prompts to tell me I have no backup plan each time I boot it adds nothing special for me to what Windows already does): the shared folders simply must be accessible from the Windows Explorer. The Seagate interface is just another layer adding up to the confusion. Maybe it suits most, not me, and the advertising on the box isn't clear about all this.
In short: my request concerns the shell access in order to change the default 777 permission (unheard of for this type of shares) to 755 (far more reasonable and safer).
Is there a possibility to connect the drive locally and set permissions that way? Do I need a special adapter, or can I just plugin a SATA cable and a power supply cable?
Beyond that, I find it very dissapointing and inappropriate that the owner of the files, being also the sole owner of the drive, and the sole owner of the local network, isn't provided with the complete command set to manage permissions.And the fact that I have to pay a yearly fee to have more than five accounts on my OWN drive, on mu OWN netword really is incredible. That isn't mentioned on the box, guys! What if I subscribe for a year and don't pay the next year? You'll remotely access my drive and delete random accounts until the maximum number of 5 is met again?
Thank your for you concern
10-11-2011 09:53 AM
The software certain wasn't desgined to give you that level of granularity and file permission management. Our platform is to keep it simple for non technical users (technical users who have no clue what 755 vs 777 means!)
On the other hand, you may want to visit our friends at http://www.openstora.com if you're familiar with the Linux environment and wish to use the GoFlex Home differently than it's intended use. If you mess up your drive, you can always re-flash it to the default state anyways.
And if you get premium and let it run out, accounts aren't removed, you just simply can't create more.
10-11-2011 02:36 PM - edited 10-11-2011 03:11 PM
Thanks Roby, I will try it the Linux way then. I guess I'd need to switch off some auto-updates or something, isn't it? When your team will be brainstorming for the next release, please remember my request.... it is not SOOO difficult to add a simple choice for users to allow them to choose between limited and full privileges. I'm not advocating for a full set of admin commands (would be nice though) but just an option that changes this ridiculously unsafe 777 default to 755. Just don't name it 777 but "full control" and 755 "read only". An 8 year old kid can understand that, and even get the point to the very reason of the existence of such a choice!
I mean, do you know what it's like, and angry 15 1/2 year old with a computer and full permissions to the family files? I know!
EDIT: PS thanks again for the link, I found exactly what I was looking for and more. Problem solved: guest read-only shares are possible; set mapped drives to be readonly: possible; remove accounts limit: possible!
10-27-2011 10:14 AM
I have more that one GFH drive on the network.
Photos for all are in a public area, and backup is in a private area... so people can view my photographs and I still have a private collection that people cannot delete.
I know that you mean about changing the permissions, I tried.
11-23-2011 03:02 PM
I had a look at the link but didn't know where to start - is there any chance you can give me some specifics? Would be a great help.
I've the same problem as you had - and a family that will delete everything given half the chance!
06-09-2012 10:07 AM