Steve wrote: sudo su
... That command switches into a root shell
which is dangerous!!
Especially if you don't really know what the commands do you type in there!!. It does not create anything in the best case and in the worst case it creates one hell of a mess (especially when you enter commands you don't yet understand ...). Either I am misunderstanding you here or you did not write precisely enough what you did. Sorry to say so.
Steve wrote: I was trying to create an account for myself
You should already have one, e.g. when you installed? Weren't you asked to provide a username?
Steve wrote: and my daughter.
You can do that via the "Preferences" menu if I am not wrong? (in GNOME)
Steve wrote: File should be owned by user and have 644 permissions.
OK, can you please open a terminal and give me the verbatim output of the following command (please copy & paste: highlight the stuff with the left mouse button, then go over to the terminal window, and hit the middle mouse button or mouse wheel):
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... This will show me what user accounts are present on the system or not (most are standard accounts present on everyone's system which are used by some background tasks; you don't need to be worried about them). Don't be misguided by the name ... no password will be shown here.
The passwords are stored in a heavily encrypted form in another file only root has access to ( /etc/shadow
... if you want to take a look).
Sometimes people are told on forums never ever to reveal their passwords to anyone ... that's absolutely true. But then again, that's not what I asked you here, OK?
As for permissions: Normally the command for fixing a files permission is chmod
(short for "change mode"). I am not really sure what you did on your system and what user account you used to get that error message, but if you want to follow the error message's suggestion, then the command sequence to fix the error would be, e.g.
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sudo su -
chown affecteduser .dmrc
chmod 644 .dmrc
Steve wrote: i still get the same result at this point.
I am still not really sure about the "adding an account for my daughter part" ... Can you elaborate more what precisely you did there? Because "sudo su" really just changes into a root shell ... It would be more interesting to know what you did after that