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    You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    Hello, I am having problems accessing my files which I have stored on a backup partition. Here is the story. I had the latest version of Ubuntu installed 10.04, and it was giving me problems so I decided to downgrade to 9.10. Before doing a clean install of 9.10 I moved all of my files onto a backup partition I have which is ext3 type. After doing the clean install, some files in the backup drive have become inaccessible, while some of them still are. For example, I would open up the Pictures folder in the backup partition, I can open the folder named "fun" and view all of its contents, but I cannot open the folder named "Chelan 2009". There seems to be no apparent reason why one folder is allowed to be opened over the other. The folders which I cannot access have an X at the top right of the icon. When I try to open one of these folders I get the message "You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of ""." I tried using
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    sudo cp -r
    to copy the files onto my linux partition, but with no success. The folder gets copied, but still has an X on the icon, and is still inaccessible.

    Any ideas on how to solve this would be great! I have many important files which I cannot access right now so please, any input is good.

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    what is the output of ls -al ?
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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    total 264
    drwxr-xr-x 32 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:42 .
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2010-05-31 21:35 ..
    drwx------ 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:50 .adobe
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 83 2010-05-31 22:24 .bash_history
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 220 2010-05-31 21:35 .bash_logout
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 3180 2010-05-31 21:35 .bashrc
    drwx------ 4 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:44 .cache
    drwxr-xr-x 6 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:42 .config
    drwx------ 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .dbus
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Desktop
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Documents
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:43 Downloads
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 16 2010-05-31 21:42 .esd_auth
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 167 2010-05-31 21:35 examples.desktop
    drwx------ 4 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:47 .gconf
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:44 .gconfd
    -rw-r----- 1 harout harout 0 2010-05-31 22:25 .gksu.lock
    drwx------ 6 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .gnome2
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .gnome2_private
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .gnupg
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .gstreamer-0.10
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 142 2010-05-31 21:42 .gtk-bookmarks
    dr-x------ 2 harout harout 0 2010-05-31 21:42 .gvfs
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 350 2010-05-31 21:42 .ICEauthority
    drwxr-xr-x 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:46 .kde
    drwx------ 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:43 .local
    drwx------ 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:50 .macromedia
    drwx------ 4 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:43 .mozilla
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Music
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .nautilus
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Pictures
    drwx------ 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:46 .pki
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 675 2010-05-31 21:35 .profile
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Public
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .pulse
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 256 2010-05-31 21:42 .pulse-cookie
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 1315 2010-05-31 22:42 .recently-used.xbel
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .ssh
    -rw-r--r-- 1 harout harout 0 2010-05-31 21:44 .sudo_as_admin_successful
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 Templates
    drwx------ 4 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:27 .thumbnails
    drwxr-xr-x 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:44 .update-manager-core
    drwx------ 2 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 21:42 .update-notifier
    drwxr-xr-x 3 harout harout 4096 2010-05-31 22:20 Videos
    -rw------- 1 harout harout 96530 2010-05-31 22:44 .xsession-errors

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    its like you dont have root access to all files or folders on the backup drive. im looking for an answer..

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    As a user harout are you able to access all the files. Because all the files are having the "groupwner" as harout.

    If you can then login as harout (also can be [su - harout]) and then try to copy the files.
    Last edited by Vishal Agarwal; June 1st, 2010 at 07:04 AM.
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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    read something about repairing permissions using disk utility and are the "x'd" folders write protected???

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    I am logged in as harout. I restarted my computer and logged in as harout to be sure.

    And about repairing permisisons using disk utility, all I could find was mac stuff. And what do you mean "write protected"? I am not sure, but under properties the contents says "unreadable" and it cannot tell me how much big the folder is. Also, on the file I tried to copy to my linux partition using sudo cp -r, there is not only an x on the icon, but also a lock above the x. Don't know if that helps much.

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    Quote Originally Posted by Harout tuoraH View Post
    I am logged in as harout. I restarted my computer and logged in as harout to be sure.

    And about repairing permisisons using disk utility, all I could find was mac stuff. And what do you mean "write protected"? I am not sure, but under properties the contents says "unreadable" and it cannot tell me how much big the folder is. Also, on the file I tried to copy to my linux partition using sudo cp -r, there is not only an x on the icon, but also a lock above the x. Don't know if that helps much.
    just because you can login as harout doesnt mean you are administrator. by default you are not administrator. go to, System>Administration>Users & Groups, click yourself (probably the only user avail) and look at Account type. if not administrator, click change. let me read up on the other stuff but try whats been said.

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    Additional info:

    My backup partition was empty before I moved all of my folders except for one folder called "lost+found". I did not make this folder, it was always there. This folder also has an x on the icon and does not let me view the contents although I am not sure what could be in there.

    When I moved my files into the backup partition I had to use sudo cp -r because it would not let me drag and drop.

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    Re: You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "".

    Quote Originally Posted by xfearxnxloathing View Post
    just because you can login as harout doesnt mean you are administrator. by default you are not administrator. go to, System>Administration>Users & Groups, click yourself (probably the only user avail) and look at Account type. if not administrator, click change. let me read up on the other stuff but try whats been said.
    In Users & Groups, there are two users, myself and root. Root cannot be managed at all, it is dimmed out. When I click on harout I can go to properties, and cannot change anything but my "real name", "contact info" and password. It does not tell me the account type anywhere that I can access.

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