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Subject: UMASK 002 or 022?

I'd like to know why giving the world (Other) read access is even under consideration. If user wants a file to have Other readability this should be on the user to set it, but it should not be the default.

What is the justification that every user be able to read every other user's documents?

This discussion should be on whether to set a default UMASK of 077 or 027.

NOTE: this discussion is made all the more important currently because it seems impossible to set a UMASK at all on Debian Stretch. None of the usual ways work within gnome on Debian Stretch. Can anyone comment on this fact? How does one get gnome to respect the umask value that's set in ~/.profile? Or if not ~/.profile where does one set the default umask value for gnome?