provide ability to control UNIX-level permissions and group settings for files created by SAS
You can already do this in several ways. To setup to all users have the same permissions for all files created in their SAS sessions you can use the umask command in the SAS installations sasenv configuration file, for example (this file is in the /usr/local/SAS/SASFoundation/9.2/bin folder by default). If you are referring to the file permissions in the work directory only then there is the WORKPERMS system option
I am guessing that this item is asking for the ability to define the file permissions for individual SAS datasets created in a library. Perhaps this could be done using a new data set option, something like FILEPERMS=(OWNER=RW,GROUP=R,OTHERS=), If so, I can see this as very useful. Setting a UMASK is not practical. In fact, such an option might also be valuable for Windows as well (althought I don't think the GROUP concept exists). So I'll vote "yes".
I like this idea.
umask works if you're creating the file, but what about for folks who want to change an existing file to make it shareable?
It would be nice if through EGuide you could right click on a file or folder on the filesystem and modify the file properties like permission bits or group owner there.
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