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I went into file system/home and tried to move files from one user account to another. it refused to move anything because it said I do not have permission. I am the administrator and both accounts are set that way.

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You're admin of YOUR own account, to move files to another user folder use gksu nautilus. – Uri Herrera Feb 1 '12 at 4:44

Or use sudo

sudo cp source destination
sudo chown user:user file
sudo chmod permissions file

You may need to use that second command(s) to set permissions depending on what you moved where and what access you need.

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Run these commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gksu

gksu nautilus

A file manager will open. Do not close the terminal in the background, as the terminal is giving you admin permissions. Now you have a file manager as an admin, and you may copy/move/delete whatever you like.

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A chown command example for this might be:

chown -R user:usergroup *
  • The -R is for recursive change of ownership through subdirectories.
  • user is the name of the user account to which you wish to assign ownership of the files.
  • usergroup is the user's primary group (usually the same as the user)
  • The * is an expression indicating all files.
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* doesn't actually match all files in the current directory. Specifically, it doesn't match files whose names start with a . character. – Eliah Kagan Aug 24 '12 at 0:25

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