View Full Version : [ubuntu] No access to home folder after chown

September 25th, 2012, 10:28 PM

I've done a fresh install of 12.04 after having 10.04 for a while.
I've copied some files of the old home folder to an external hdd and pasted it afterwards in the new home folder.
I got problems with permissions.

I saw on the internet that I had do this with my own username: sudo chown -R username:username /home/username

After this I wasn't able to open the home folder anymore, something with 'it is no map' or something (forgot it). After reboot I couldn't login to my home folder.
At Guest account now..who can help me?
Thanks in advance.

September 25th, 2012, 11:12 PM
Put home folder on root access
on guest no sudo allowed
**** **** ****
just installed, think im going to reinstall

September 25th, 2012, 11:25 PM
If you've already reinstalled, no biggie. However, I have an idea that might be more simple - albeit a bit of a stretch perhaps. Can you post the output of the following two commands:

ls -n /home/<username> # Fill in your username there

getent passwd <username> # Fill in your username there

I'm wondering if it's a simple matter of the user name matching the home directory, but the UID is different. If that's the case, it's a very simple fix.