How to Work with Access Control List (ACL) in WinSCP

Users of Windows desktop, thin client, notebook and mobile device systems can use the WinSCP client to connect to Linux servers. They’re even able to pick and drop files using this sort of installation. Due to adherence to basic POSIX concepts, Windows users are held to standard Unix file permissions when working with this WinSCP in this way.

WinSCP software is very powerful, and users should be able to edit several important pieces of metadata. They can add and remove files to a remote directory. Unfortunately, WinSCP doesn’t recognize Access Control List (ACL) settings for a Linux directory. In most cases, this shouldn’t be an issue. A large majority of Linux-based servers actually use OpenSSH packages, which supports SFTP version 3, in spite of the fact that the latest SFTP version is 6. Nevertheless, there is one minor work around if needed.

Editing Properties Sheets with WinSCP Settings

If a Windows user views the properties sheet of a file or its parent directory on the server in their WinSCP window, they can view a drop down box that allows them to set the owner and group permissions of a file. This is the same box the root administrator of the Linux server would see if they were working with Thunar or another file manager.

They can use this to set the owner and group of a directory or file using standard POSIX Unix file permissions. Primary groups will always show up, but not those set by the ACL subroutine.


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