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    Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    I managed to break ubuntu (sadly) and want to save my "home" folder to my external HDD before I re-install ubuntu.

    I made a recovery disk (USB) but I am unable to copy home folder because I don't have "permissions to read it".

    Can anyone help me please?

    I am using 11.10 and Gnome...
    Last edited by ockron; February 1st, 2012 at 12:36 AM. Reason: Solved

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    In a terminal type:

    Code:
    sudo nautilus
    That will open Nautilus with root permission and you should be good to go.

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Use:

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    rather than sudo.

    gksudo is intended for graphical applications. Hopefully someone can come along and explain the difference

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptotheslow View Post
    Use:

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    rather than sudo.

    gksudo is intended for graphical applications. Hopefully someone can come along and explain the difference
    +1. gksudo is right. My mistake.

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    +1. gksudo is right. My mistake.
    Thank you both so very much.

    I managed to "break" Ubuntu and is now desperate to fix it again.

    I was changing my desktop background (deleting the current one from the list to replace with a new one) when my system just froze.

    I was forced to force shut down my system and now I cannot log into my main profile ... it just freezes when I try to log in.

    Luckily I have this guest profile so I have some use of it

    Can anyone please help me?!

    I use ubuntu 11.10

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    I still don't know why it is right

    Is it something to do with the context it loads associated gtk libraries in or what?

    (Yes I'm being lazy )

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Quote Originally Posted by ockron View Post
    Thank you both so very much.

    I managed to "break" Ubuntu and is now desperate to fix it again.

    I was changing my desktop background (deleting the current one from the list to replace with a new one) when my system just froze.

    I was forced to force shut down my system and now I cannot log into my main profile ... it just freezes when I try to log in.

    Luckily I have this guest profile so I have some use of it

    Can anyone please help me?!

    I use ubuntu 11.10
    Ohhh OK - and the guest profile does not have sudo / gksudo rights I presume?

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptotheslow View Post
    Ohhh OK - and the guest profile does not have sudo / gksudo rights I presume?
    Correct ...

    I try to login to my profile and it just hangs ... there is no response and the only way out it to press the power button.

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    OK - well if you hard powered down while logged in you probably have some file corruption in a gnome or unity config file.

    This probably doesn't require a re-install - but will require some command line stuff from Recovery mode to fix.

    Do you know how to get into Recovery mode while booting?

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    Re: Help - How do I copy my "home" folder

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptotheslow View Post
    OK - well if you hard powered down while logged in you probably have some file corruption in a gnome or unity config file.

    This probably doesn't require a re-install - but will require some command line stuff from Recovery mode to fix.

    Do you know how to get into Recovery mode while booting?
    YES ... I discovered that this morning ... You hold down the Left Shift key when it reboots, but I have no idea what to do there ...
    Can you help?

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