Is this a correct behaviour when I share folders and subfolders?


I need to create a folder as an administrator that can be used, through sharing, by a certain number of users, and within this create sub-folders that are visible and usable only by some of these users and not by others. My problem is that if I shared a subfolder to a user but not the root folder, he sees only the subfolder, but not the root folder. What I need is that all users can see the root folder, but then within it they can only see and use the subfolders that have been shared with them, but not the others. If I share different subfolders belonging to the same number of main folders with a user, the user will see only shared folders without a grouping logic. Is there a way to remedy this problem? It would be enough that among the sharing options there was one that enabled “only visible”.

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Server configuration

Operating system:

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PHP version:

ownCloud version: (see ownCloud admin page)

Updated from an older ownCloud or fresh install:

Where did you install ownCloud from:

Signing status (ownCloud 9.0 and above):

Login as admin user into your ownCloud and access 
paste the results into and puth the link here.

The content of config/config.php:

Log in to the web-UI with an administrator account and click on
'admin' -> 'Generate Config Report' -> 'Download ownCloud config report'
This report includes the config.php settings, the list of activated apps
and other details in a well sanitized form.


If you have access to your command line run e.g.:
sudo -u www-data php occ config:list system
from within your ownCloud installation folder

*ATTENTION:* Do not post your config.php file in public as is. Please use one of the above
methods whenever possible. Both, the generated reports from the web-ui and from occ config:list
consistently remove sensitive data. You still may want to review the report before sending.
If done manually then it is critical for your own privacy to dilligently
remove *all* host names, passwords, usernames, salts and other credentials before posting.
You should assume that attackers find such information and will use them against your systems.

List of activated apps:

If you have access to your command line run e.g.:
sudo -u www-data php occ app:list
from within your ownCloud installation folder.

Are you using external storage, if yes which one: local/smb/sftp/…

Are you using encryption: yes/no

Are you using an external user-backend, if yes which one: LDAP/ActiveDirectory/Webdav/…

LDAP configuration (delete this part if not used)

With access to your command line run e.g.:
sudo -u www-data php occ ldap:show-config
from within your ownCloud installation folder

Without access to your command line download the data/owncloud.db to your local
computer or access your SQL server remotely and run the select query:
SELECT * FROM `oc_appconfig` WHERE `appid` = 'user_ldap';

Eventually replace sensitive data as the name/IP-address of your LDAP server or groups.

Client configuration


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Web server error log

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ownCloud log (data/owncloud.log)

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Browser log

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a) The javascript console log
b) The network log 
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Thanks for using ownCloud! This is not possible as we follow a “flat” sharing concept. Reason is mainly the performance and the current way how sharing works.
We do recommend to really re-consider existing tree structures and concentrate on sharing with rights whereever it differs. Keep in mind that each user can freely sort and move around the shares received - including building his own tree! Or rename the shares, etc.