I am working to get Mongodb running on a Ubuntu server install. In reviewing the instructions I needed to create a "\data\db" directory in the root drive. At which point I needed to alter the owner using the CHOWN command as follows:
sudo chown `id -u` /data/db
When I issue that command as it appears in the quick start guide I receive
chown: invalid user: 'id -u'
I am new to Linux, so what I don't understand is what the 'id -u' was supposed to mean. When I replace with my user name the command completes just fine and mongo runs. Can someone help me understand what the short hand 'id -u' would communicate to an expert Linux user that it did not to me?