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I know that anyone could say that this question already exists but my problem still exists. So what do you suggest?

I have a folder in my laptop and i want it to be accessible from my desktop and my other devices.BUT only sub folders are syncing and no content of them.

Thanks, any help would be great!

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Does Ubunte One has access to the files? – OrangeTux Apr 22 '12 at 10:00
What access?Be more specific please! – gabriel Apr 22 '12 at 10:02
Sorry. Files and folders can't be used through anyone and every application. For more info Does Ubuntu One has rights to copy the files? If not, you've to set the correct rights to those folders or usergroup. – OrangeTux Apr 22 '12 at 10:03
How can i determine if ubuntu one has the rights?thanks – gabriel Apr 22 '12 at 10:05
Please tell me how can i give permissions on this folder?Should i change the ownership or something?Could you step by step guide me? – gabriel Apr 22 '12 at 10:15
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For copying files Ubuntu One needs read access. You've to check if Ubuntu One has that access.

First determine which user and usergroupt runs Ubuntu One by using

# ps -C ubuntuone-syncd -o uid,gid

On my machine it gave me this result

  1000  1000

Get the corresponding name of the GID

# id -G
# id -G -n

Results will be like this:

1000 4 20 24 46 116 118 124 
orangetux adm dialout cdrom plugdev lpadmin admin sambashare

You can see that usergroup orangetux has group id 1000

Now check the folder you want to sync

# cd /path/to/folder

Now get a view of the folder

# ls -l

Output is something like this:

-rw-r--r--  1 orangetux orangetux   179 2012-03-19 20:04 examples.desktop

The line tells me this


Root has read and write permissions. Group has read permissions. Owner has read permissions.

orangetux orangetux

This line tells me that the owner of the file is 'orangetux' and the group is 'orangetux'

Now you know if Ubuntu One has permissions to upload the file.

When group/user is oke, but the group/user has no permission you can change it with this command

# sudo chmod 444 .

Which gives read access to root, group and user in this directory.

When group/user of Ubuntu One aren't the same as the files, you can add the Ubuntu One user to the usergroup of the file with this command:

# useradd -G {group} user
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