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Cacls

Displays or modifies discretionary access control list (DACL) files.

Syntax

cacls FileName [/t] [/e] [/c] [/g User:permission] [/r User [...]] [/p User:permission [...]] [/d User [...]]

Parameters

FileName   : Required. Displays DACLs of specified files.

/t   : Changes DACLs of specified files in the current directory and all subdirectories.

/e   : Edits a DACL instead of replacing it.

/c   : Continues to change DACLs, ignoring errors.

/g   User : permission   : Grants access rights to the specified user. The following table lists valid values for permission.

Value

Description

n

None

r

Read

w

Write

c

Change (Write)

f

Full Control

/r   User   : Revokes access rights for the specified user.

/p   User : permission   : Replaces access rights for the specified user. The following table lists valid values for permission.

Value

Description

n

None

r

Read

w

Write

c

Change (Write)

f

Full Control

/d   User   : Denies access for the specified user.

/?   : Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks

  • Use the following table to interpret the results.

    Output

    ACE applies to

    OI

    This folder and files

    CI

    This folder and subfolders

    IO

    The ACE does not apply to the current file/directory.

    No output message

    This folder only

    (IO)(CI)

    This folder, subfolders and files

    (OI)(CI)(IO)

    Subfolders and files only

    (CI)(IO)

    Subfolders only

    (OI)(IO)

    Files only

  • You can use wildcards (that is, ? and *) to specify multiple files.

  • You can specify more than one user.

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Format

Meaning

Italic

Information that the user must supply

Bold

Elements that the user must type exactly as shown

Ellipsis (...)

Parameter that can be repeated several times in a command line

Between brackets ([])

Optional items

Between braces ({}); choices separated by pipe (|). Example: {even|odd}

Set of choices from which the user must choose only one

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Code or program output

Command-line reference A-Z

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