pts_setfields - Sets privacy flags or quota for a Protection Database entry


pts setfields -nameorid <user or group name or id>+ [-access <set privacy flags>] [-groupquota <set limit on group creation>] [-cell <cell name>] [-noauth] [-localauth] [-force] [-help]

pts setf -na <user or group name or id>+ [-a <set privacy flags>] [-g <set limit on group creation>] [-c <cell name>] [-no] [-l] [-f] [-h]


The pts setfields command sets the group-creation quota, the privacy flags, or both, associated with each user, machine, or group entry specified by the -nameorid argument.

To examine the current quota and privacy flags, use the pts examine command.


Changing a machine or group's group-creation quota is allowed, but not recommended. The concept is meaningless for machines and groups, because it is impossible to authenticate as a group or machine.

Similarly, some privacy flag settings do not have a sensible interpretation. OPTIONS specifies the appropriate settings.


-nameorid <user or group name or id>+

Specifies the name or AFS UID of each user, the IP address (complete or wildcard-style) of each machine, or the name or AFS GID of each machine for which to set privacy flags or group-creation quota. It is acceptable to mix users, machines, and groups on the same command line, as well as names (IP addresses for machines) and IDs. Precede the GID of each group with a hyphen to indicate that it is negative.

-access <privacy flags>

Specifies the privacy flags to apply to each entry. Provide a string of five characters, one for each of the permissions. If this option is omitted, the current setting remains unchanged.

Set each flag to achieve the desired combination of permissions. If the following list does not mention a certain setting, it is not acceptable. For further discussion of the privacy flags, see pts_examine(1).

-groupquota <group creation quota>

Specifies the number of additional groups a user can create (it does not matter how many he or she has created already). Do not include this argument for a group or machine entry.

-cell <cell name>

Names the cell in which to run the command. For more details, see pts(1).


Enables the command to continue executing as far as possible when errors or other problems occur, rather than halting execution at the first error.


Prints the online help for this command. All other valid options are ignored.


Constructs a server ticket using a key from the local /usr/afs/etc/KeyFile file. Do not combine this flag with the -cell or -noauth options. For more details, see pts(1).


Assigns the unprivileged identity anonymous to the issuer. For more details, see pts(1).


The following example changes the privacy flags on the group operators, retaining the default values of the first, second and third flags, but setting the fourth and fifth flags to enable the group's members to add and remove other members.

   % pts setfields -nameorid operators -access S-Mar

The following example changes the privacy flags and sets group quota on the user entry admin. It retains the default values of the first, fourth, and fifth flags, but sets the second and third flags, to enable anyone to list the groups that admin owns and belongs to. Users authenticated as admin can create an additional 50 groups.

   % pts setfields -nameorid admin -access SOM-- -groupquota 50


To edit group entries or set the privacy flags on any type of entry, the issuer must own the entry or belong to the system:administrators group. To set group-creation quota on a user entry, the issuer must belong to the system:administrators group.


pts(1), pts_adduser(1), pts_examine(1), pts_listowned(1), pts_membership(1), pts_removeuser(1)


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