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    Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    Every now and then, we use sudo or another user to create some files which remain uneditable and unremovable for our normal non-privileged user. Either we have to resort into a terminal and sudo chown our files, or start up a sudo nautilus and remove or change the owner accordingly.

    Especially - I often find files in the Trash bin which I cannot remove without this technique.

    With this Nautilus script you can instead right-click on a file, and select Scripts -> Make owned by current user, enter your sudo password and you are good to go.

    Note: This is non-recursive by default, so it will only operate on the specific folder and files that you have selected. If you want recursive behavior - uncomment the "#RECURSIVE=-R;" line. It is left out be default since the risk of messing up ownerships is pretty big when something like this gets so easy.

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    #Title=Make owned by current user
    #Title[se]=Gör nuvarande användare till ägare
     
    # Make owned by current user - Makes the selected files owned by the current user with group 
    # being the user's primary group (the first in the output from the "groups" command)
    
    # Installation:
    # Put this script into the Nautilus script dir (~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts) and make it executable.
    #
    # Usage:
    # Right-click on files in Nautilus and choose Scripts -> Make owned by current user
    #
    # Notes:
    # This operates non-recursively by default, so it will only operate on the specific folder and files that 
    # you have selected. If you want recursive behavior - uncomment the "#RECURSIVE=-R;" line further down.
    # It is left out be default since the risk of messing up ownerships is pretty big when something 
    # like this gets so easy. 
    #
    # Acknowledements and version history:
    # v20080131 - Fredrik Wollsén
    #
    # License GPL v3
    #
    # Feel free to provide feedback on this script here:
    # http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=683945
    #
    # Suggestions for improvements:
    #  - Show a zenity dialogue box to dynamically decide whether or not the command 
    #    should be run recursively or not.
    #  - Show a zenity progress bar for the execution of the command.
    #
    # THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR
    # IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
    # WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE
    # ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY
    # DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
    # DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE
    # GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS
    # INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER
    # IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR
    # OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN
    # IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
    
    USER=`whoami`;
    GROUP=`groups | sed -r 's/ .*//g'`;
    #RECURSIVE=-R; # Uncomment this to make the ownerships be implemented resursively
    
    # default to a group name identical to the username if a group is not found (is this case even possible? this if-statement could be totally useless - but: better safe than sorry...)
    if [ "$GROUP" == "" ] ; then
    GROUP=$USER;
    fi
    
    gksudo -- chown -v $RECURSIVE $USER:$GROUP "$@"| zenity --text-info --height=100 --width=300;
    
    exit 0;
    Last edited by motin; February 1st, 2008 at 03:39 AM. Reason: Added URL to thread in script comments

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    Re: Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    Thanks for this tip. It just made my life a whole lot easier..!

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    Re: Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    I think i LOVE you ... thanks man .... really

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    Re: Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    Now that is a usefull script! Especially since I play around alot with themes and such, copying them from /usr/share/themes or icons to my home folder for messing with them, this comes in handy quite often.

    I hope I managed to remove the textinfo thingy, and hope this still works:
    Code:
    gksudo -- chown -v $RECURSIVE $USER:$GROUP "$@";

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    Re: Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    why such a complicated script?

    sudo chown -R $USER $HOME

    does the trick.

    Anyhows, instead of using sed:

    GROUP=$(groups | awk '{print $1}')

    or

    _user=$(id -u)
    _group=$(id -g)
    sudo chown -R $_user:$_group $HOME # and you are done
    Last edited by slakkie; June 11th, 2010 at 01:46 PM.
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    Re: Nautilus Script: Make owned by current user

    Thanks man I had to google like an hour to find this. Should be more people aware of it!

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