T J Tulley wrote: Also, please, where can I find a clear explanation of "Mount points" and the general significance of "mounting"?
You usually don't have to edit a link ... because a link will usually carry you to whatever it is it links to, so editing a link is not something you're supposed to do. You create or delete links, that's it. If you try to "edit" a link you will most likely edit the file or location it is pointing to.T J Tulley wrote: The link shows that its owner is root and I can't obtain permissions to edit its files.
That should be standard. So if the link that you created all of a sudden has root's permissions than you were most likely 'root' when you created it. I just tried this here and all links created by my normal user account belong to me and not 'root'.T J Tulley wrote: How do I create a link which will retain the permissions of the parent folder?
I am not really sure what you want here. Things like /usr, /opt, /boot, /var and so on absolutely have to belong to 'root' or things will go terribly wrong. As for other mount points (e.g. for USB sticks?) that's something the hotplug & auto-mount sub-system should take care of.T J Tulley wrote: Other desktop configuration files also representing partitions are "owned" by root. Can I change their ownership?
T J Tulley wrote: The ones I mentioned are all to partitions on my HDDs, and I don't understand why some are "mine" and some are "root's" - all, I think, created during setup.
ls -al ~/Desktop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_system_permissions#Symbolic_notationT J Tulley wrote:I don't understand the character-strings at the beginning of each line.
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