(SOLVED) Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

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(SOLVED) Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

Postby SteveHoffmanUK on Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:37 pm

just installed LM9 64-bit on my new Dell desktop. restored my Home folder and am having all kinds of error messages from Firefox and Thunderbird. These indicate problems in writing to my Home folder. I then checked my Home folder permissions and it says: "The permissions of [username] could not be determined."

For the record, these are the error messages I'm getting:

In Thunderbird and Firefox, when I launch them, it says,
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Could not initialize the application's security component. The most likely cause is problems with files in your application's profile directory. Please check that this directory has no read/write restrictions and your hard disk is not full or close to full. It is recommended that you exit the application and fix the problem. If you continue to use this session, you might see incorrect application behaviour when accessing security features.


I press "OK" and the application launches, but then

In Thunderbird, when I try to retrieve my emails off the server, it says,
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Unable to write the email to the mailbox. Make sure the file system allows you write privileges, and you have enough disk space to copy the mailbox.


It seems pretty clear to me that these are connected with having "indeterminable" permissions on my Home folder. Can someone tell me how to sort out those permissions so that my apps will run properly?

Many thanks
Last edited by SteveHoffmanUK on Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:28 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:59 pm

try
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sudo chown -R yourUserName /home/yourUserName
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Re: Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

Postby SteveHoffmanUK on Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:08 pm

Proxima:

Thanks for the quick reply. I tried your suggestion and get this error message:
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chown: cannot access `/home/steve/.gvfs': Permission denied


What is causing that?
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Re: Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:18 pm

Try reinstalling the following from Package Manager,
gvfs gvfs-backends gvfs-bin gvfs-fuse libgvfscommon0

EDIT: That may be unnecessary, reading this -> http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p= ... ostcount=1

Under part 3

umount /home/[username]/.gvfs
rm -r /home/[username]/.gvfs
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Re: Home folder permissions "not able to be determined"

Postby SteveHoffmanUK on Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:25 pm

Hey - it worked! :)

Despite the error message, when I went back and launched Firefox and Thunderbird, the nasty old error messages about permissions weren't there, and T-Bird downloaded all my emails from the server. Brilliant.

Now, should I still do the reinstall that you suggest, or work on the principle of "If it ain't bust, don't fix"?

ON EDIT: Oops - didn't see your edit before writing the above. I'll leave well enough alone and mark this SOLVED. Thanks again for your help!

On further edit: My Home folder still says that the permissions cannot be determined. Surely this isn't right, is it? How can I change that?
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Re: (SOLVED) Home folder permissions "not able to be determi

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:32 pm

It may be the .gvfs file, not exactly sure.
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Re: (SOLVED) Home folder permissions "not able to be determi

Postby MoonDragon on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:13 am

thank guys, this REALLY helped me out here....
the most clear information I found on the subject
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