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    Question Firefox unable to create folders

    Hi,

    I am facing a weird problem. When I try to create a folder from firefox (while downloading stuff), it says "unable to create folder. permission denied." But when I create it using terminal (i.e. 'mkdir foo') it works.

    Firefox is running as the same user as the terminal, so shouldn't the two programs have the same permissions ?

    I am not sure why is firefox making my OS unhappy :-(

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Firefox unable to create folders

    UPDATE :

    I changed folder permissions to 777 but still no use

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    Re: Firefox unable to create folders

    If you are trying to create a folder on a separate hard drive, it might be the AppArmor profile limiting permissions. See AppArmor tutorial. Put Firefox in complain mode and try again.

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    Re: Firefox unable to create folders

    Thanks for the tip. This definitely looks like an apparmor issue.
    When I shutdown apparmor daemon, I was able to create the folders.
    I haven't been able to configure apparmor to allow my download folder.

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    Re: Firefox unable to create folders

    Thanks lovinglinux
    Finally reconfigured apparmor to allow access to certain folders.
    It's a pretty neat application.

    Just for documentation purpose :

    I inserted following line in /etc/apparmor.d/usr.bin.firefox, in the section where it configures user's personal files:
    Code:
    /foo/bar/MyDownloads/** rw

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    Re: Firefox unable to create folders

    Quote Originally Posted by akwatve View Post
    Thanks lovinglinux
    Finally reconfigured apparmor to allow access to certain folders.
    It's a pretty neat application.

    Just for documentation purpose :

    I inserted following line in /etc/apparmor.d/usr.bin.firefox, in the section where it configures user's personal files:
    Code:
    /foo/bar/MyDownloads/** rw
    You are welcome.

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