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Thread: Unknown Permissions?

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    Unknown Permissions?

    I recently upgraded from 8.04 to 8.10.
    Now I am unable to create folders and such in any directory besides my home directory. When I right click a folder and go to the "Permissions" tab, everything is grayed out and it says at the bottom: "You are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions".
    In addition, I am not able to extract, create, or delete any files from/to these locations. I don't recall this problem in 8.04...

    I tried "gksudo nautilus", but that didn't do any good. I still can use terminal commands like "rm" and "mkdir" just fine, so long as it is preceded with "sudo".

    Perhaps someone can help me resolve this issue.

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    Re: Unknown Permissions?

    To get ownership back run the following command. Change USER to your username
    Code:
    sudo chown -R USER:USER /home/USER

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    Re: Unknown Permissions?

    Er, I got this message when I typed in that command:
    "chown: cannot access `/home/tech/.gvfs': Permission denied"

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    Re: Unknown Permissions?

    That's strange. Could you post the output of
    Code:
    ls -alX /home/$USER
    so I can get a better idea of what the permissions are?

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    Re: Unknown Permissions?

    Code:
    total 12
    drwxr-xr-x 78 tech tech 4096 2009-02-02 14:49 tech
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 2008-05-26 14:58 .
    drwxr-xr-x 21 root root 4096 2009-01-31 16:39 ..

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