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I would like to know how to change permissions for all my files. I don't understand why some come with ''read'' only... I'm the only one that uses the PC, so the max permissions would be good!

I ran the command chmod go+r *

But just made everything readable only...

Help guys? I want to read, write and execute all my files.

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you can use midnight commander or using command sudo chown -R youruser yourdirectory to change permission. – Muhammad Sholihin Mar 8 '13 at 3:21

You have read write access to all files in your home directory.

To access system files use sudo/gksu (gksu is for graphical applications such as your file browser and editor).


Changing the permission of files outside your home directory will almost certainly break your system.

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I only need Home, Media and Host folders to be read, write and execute man! But thanks :) – Tiago Rocha Mar 7 '13 at 18:51
I doubt you need executable permissions on those files. Read the file permissions link I gave you. for shared directories, IMO, it is best to use acl. See – bodhi.zazen Mar 7 '13 at 19:01
maybe not executeble, but definitely read and write... – Tiago Rocha Mar 7 '13 at 19:14
From your question(s) it seems you are new to Linux / Ubuntu. Please take a look at the links I gave you and come back with specific questions(s). The general syntax is going to be chown -R owner:group /Media and / or chmod -R 555 /Media/* and / or using acl. – bodhi.zazen Mar 7 '13 at 19:17
bodhi.zazen you are right, the permission don't work because of my hdd... It's a FAT or NTFS! I need a EXT2 or EXT3. No wonder the system was getting really slower... damn! and now that I was starting to enjoy the comand line. Oh well, thank you all of the help! – Tiago Rocha Mar 7 '13 at 20:25

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