Problems with permissions for $home

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Problems with permissions for $home

Postby hoppel on Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:35 am

Hi,

while trying to solve one problem on my system I created another. I followed instructions here:
http://linuxmint.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=9156
and now I get an error message every time I start Linux Mint, concerning that the file '.dmrc' has incorrect privileges (while it should have 644). Now I tried to solve it by changing the rights for that file. I also tried to solve it by renaming or deleting it, because somewhere else in the net I found this advice which should force the system to create that file new - and of course with the correct user privileges. But in all ways it didn't do anything to that error message.
That error seemed to follow that instructions in that mentioned thread, although I cannot guarantee that there was something else involved. But since I don't have any experiences with Linux user privileges until now I never touched without concrete order from an expert.
What might be important is, that that error message also concerns about the rights of the $home directory itself. I was wondering, whether that could be the key to the understanding of the problem, since I haven't touched it by purpose. But obviously the $home must have specific rights, but I don't know which ones and how to set them.
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Re: Problems with permissions for $home

Postby muskratmx on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:56 pm

I don't see how doing what that thread said would give you that effect.

But at any rate, my users home directory is 755 owner is the users name group is the users name.
my /home directory is alos 755 owner is root group is root.

Maybe that will help.
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Re: Problems with permissions for $home

Postby hoppel on Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:25 am

Problem solved, thanks! Although I must admit that you could have shared the information with me (the Linux newbie) what 755 means. But fortunately I found that myself in the wast spaces of the internet :mrgreen:
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Re: Problems with permissions for $home

Postby muskratmx on Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:29 pm

I'm sorry, I didn't think you were that new. You had listed quite a good post to sart with and even mention 644, so I thought you knew.

Just for the record;

Code: Select all
                      Owner     Group     World
permissions    r;w;x      r;w;x       r;w;x;
number rep.   4;2;1      4;2;1        4;2;1


So 755 would be Owner has all premisions, group and world can only read and execute, not write.
Also x on a folder is different than x on a file. A folder with x permissions means one can enter the folder and view contents.
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