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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    Well, these instructions have fixed my .dmrc error message and they seem to have also fixed this freezing problem I was having:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6472353

    However, Rhythmbox, Amarok (Xine), and Totem (Movie Player) are no longer able to play anything. Totem says "GStreamer encountered a general stream error" and Amarok tells me xine could not find any audio drivers.

    Anybody got an answer on this one?

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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    Well, I was able to get all the audio back in order by running through the PA setup again (actually thrice, but who's counting?).

    The thing is, for no apparent reason I keep losing this permission battle. I have now run these four commands to correct my .dmrc & home directory ownership/permissions in the last three days.

    Why does this keep getting hosed? I am NOT using chown or chmod myself (nor the GUI version). I have been ripping CD's using Sound Juicer, and I can't imagine it's f***ing with the permissions.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    Are you running graphical applications as root ? If so, use gksu.

    Are you using sudo -s ? If so use sudo -i
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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    I have created a separate thread for my issues:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1034452

    I have answered your questions there and I hope you may be able to provide any additional insight there as well.

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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    A big thanks to you drs305.

    This took care of my error message.

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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    sudo chown username /home/username/.dmrc
    sudo chown username /home/username

    The above are the commands that you told us to use.

    But in the summary, the commands are:

    sudo chown username: /home/username/.dmrc
    sudo chown username: /home/username


    Is the colon : necessary or does it not matter?


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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    No. Use only your username. (Unless of course your username has a : in it, which may not even be possible.)

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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    Quote Originally Posted by JBA2337 View Post
    Is the colon : necessary or does it not matter?
    The colon is not necessary and it doesn't matter in this case, but it does mean something. If you use "username", then the owner of a file or folder is changed to "username". Adding a colon ( : ) after the username is a shorthand way of writing "username:username", which changes the owner to "username" and the group to the group named "username".
    Examples:
    sudo chown dave /home/dave makes 'dave' the owner of /home/dave The group to which /home/dave belongs does not change.
    sudo chown dave: /home/dave makes 'dave' the owner of /home/dave and makes /home/dave part of the group 'dave'

    For correcting the error, which group the .dmrc file or /home/username folder belongs to is not considered. However, the examples should be consistent. In keeping with the philosophy of changing as little as possible, I will remove the colon, although in most cases the /home/username folder would belong to the user's group as well.

    Thanks for pointing out the differences between the examples and the summary.
    Last edited by drs305; January 17th, 2009 at 01:22 AM.
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    Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    As far as the "How did it happen", I think for me it coincided (twice) with mistyping my password at login. (Ubuntu 8.04).

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    Smile Re: Solving .dmrc and $HOME Permission Errors

    Thank you very much drs305 for this How-to!

    I have noticed that every time I copy my entire home directory (including hidden files) to an external hdd I get this error the very next time I boot up or restart.

    It's nice to have such a concise solution.
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