Yesterday I wrote about PCMan File Manager, which among other things offers better control over file permissions.

Commenter Gavintlgold pointed out that’s it’s possible to get a similar dialog in Nautilus by changing a hidden setting in GNOME. You can find this setting in gconf-editor under /apps/nautilus/preferences with the name show_advanced_permissions. Alternatively, run this command to enable the advanced permissions:
gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_advanced_permissions True

Switch back to the normal dialog with this command:
gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_advanced_permissions False

The dialog on the left is the advanced one, if you’re familiar with file permissions you may prefer it. The right is the default setting, which uses drop down boxes instead of check boxes.

Advanced and simple file permission dialogs

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