public interface AclFileAttributeView extends FileOwnerAttributeView
ACLs are used to specify access rights to file system objects. An ACL is
an ordered list of
access-control-entries, each specifying a
UserPrincipal and the level of access for that user principal. This
file attribute view defines the
setAcl methods to read and write ACLs based on the ACL
model specified in RFC 3530:
Network File System (NFS) version 4 Protocol. This file attribute view
is intended for file system implementations that support the NFSv4 ACL model
or have a well-defined mapping between the NFSv4 ACL model and the ACL
model used by the file system. The details of such mapping are implementation
dependent and are therefore unspecified.
This class also extends
FileOwnerAttributeView so as to define
methods to get and set the file owner.
When a file system provides access to a set of
file-systems that are not homogeneous then only some of the file systems may
support ACLs. The
supportsFileAttributeView method can be used to test if a file system
RFC 3530 allows for special user identities to be used on platforms that
support the POSIX defined access permissions. The special user identities
GROUP@", and "
EVERYONE@". When both
AclFileAttributeView and the
are supported then these special user identities may be included in ACL
entries that are read or written. The file system's
UserPrincipalLookupService may be used to obtain a
to represent these special identities by invoking the
Usage Example: Suppose we wish to add an entry to an existing ACL to grant "joe" access:
// lookup "joe" UserPrincipal joe = file.getFileSystem().getUserPrincipalLookupService() .lookupPrincipalByName("joe"); // get view AclFileAttributeView view = Files.getFileAttributeView(file, AclFileAttributeView.class); // create ACE to give "joe" read access AclEntry entry = AclEntry.newBuilder() .setType(AclEntryType.ALLOW) .setPrincipal(joe) .setPermissions(AclEntryPermission.READ_DATA, AclEntryPermission.READ_ATTRIBUTES) .build(); // read ACL, insert ACE, re-write ACL List<AclEntry> acl = view.getAcl(); acl.add(0, entry); // insert before any DENY entries view.setAcl(acl);
Where dynamic access to file attributes is required, the attributes supported by this attribute view are as follows:
Name Type "acl"
Implementations supporting this attribute view may also support setting
the initial ACL when creating a file or directory. The initial ACL
may be provided to methods such as
createDirectory as an
"acl:acl" and a
value that is the list of
Where an implementation supports an ACL model that differs from the NFSv4
defined ACL model then setting the initial ACL when creating the file must
translate the ACL to the model supported by the file system. Methods that
create a file should reject (by throwing
any attempt to create a file that would be less secure as a result of the
|Modifier and Type||Method and Description|
Reads the access control list.
Returns the name of the attribute view.
Updates (replace) the access control list.
List<AclEntry> getAcl() throws IOException
When the file system uses an ACL model that differs from the NFSv4 defined ACL model, then this method returns an ACL that is the translation of the ACL to the NFSv4 ACL model.
The returned list is modifiable so as to facilitate changes to the
existing ACL. The
setAcl method is used to update
the file's ACL attribute.
entriesrepresenting the ACL
IOException- if an I/O error occurs
SecurityException- In the case of the default provider, a security manager is installed, and it denies
RuntimePermission("accessUserInformation") or its
checkReadmethod denies read access to the file.
void setAcl(List<AclEntry> acl) throws IOException
Where the file system supports Access Control Lists, and it uses an
ACL model that differs from the NFSv4 defined ACL model, then this method
must translate the ACL to the model supported by the file system. This
method should reject (by throwing
attempt to write an ACL that would appear to make the file more secure
than would be the case if the ACL were updated. Where an implementation
does not support a mapping of
AclEntryType.ALARM entries, then this method ignores these entries when
writing the ACL.
If an ACL entry contains a
that is not associated with the same provider as this attribute view then
ProviderMismatchException is thrown. Additional validation, if
any, is implementation dependent.
If the file system supports other security related file attributes
(such as a file
access-permissions for example), the updating the access control list
may also cause these security related attributes to be updated.
acl- the new access control list
IOException- if an I/O error occurs or the ACL is invalid
SecurityException- In the case of the default provider, a security manager is installed, it denies
RuntimePermission("accessUserInformation") or its
checkWritemethod denies write access to the file.
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