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I'm pretty sure I recursively messed up the default /var user:group ownerships. I've tried to restore them to the best of my ability by searching. Specifically, I'm worried about /var/lib. Currently, mine looks like the below. If there's a kind soul out there who would please post their /var/lib so I can see if I'm missing something.

drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 AccountsService
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar 13  2012 acpi-support
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Nov 13  2011 alien
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:14 alsa
drwxr-xr-x  6 root          root          4096 May 30 17:23 apt
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:36 apt-xapian-index
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 aspell
drwxr-xr-x  2 avahi-autoipd avahi-autoipd 4096 Jul  3  2012 avahi-autoipd
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:13 belocs
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  8 08:42 binfmts
drwxr-xr-x  5 boinc         boinc         4096 May  7 01:27 boinc-client
drwxr-xr-x  2 colord        colord        4096 Apr 30 00:23 colord
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:23 dbus
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 dell-recovery
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 13 19:01 dhcp
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:19 dictionaries-common
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 May 30 17:05 dkms
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 doc-base
drwxr-xr-x  7 root          root          4096 May 30 17:23 dpkg
drwxr-xr-x  7 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 gconf
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 ghostscript
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:06 hp
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 17:23 initramfs-tools
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 14  2012 initscripts
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 14  2012 insserv
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 12 01:50 iptraf
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 libreoffice
drwxrwsr-x  2 libuuid       libuuid       4096 Jul  3  2012 libuuid
drwxr-x--- 10 lightdm       lightdm       4096 May 30 17:51 lightdm
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:31 localechooser
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 locales
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:36 logrotate
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Oct 23  2012 lsb
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 19  2012 misc
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:36 mlocate
drwx------  6 mysql         mysql         4096 May 30 17:51 mysql
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 17:51 NetworkManager
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar  6  2012 ntpdate
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:03 nvidia-common
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 17:23 os-prober
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  8 08:42 pam
drwx-wx-wt  2 root          root          4096 Mar 11 07:44 php5
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May  7 19:20 phpmyadmin
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:23 plymouth
drwx------  3 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 polkit-1
drwxr-xr-x  2 pulse         pulse         4096 May 31  2012 pulseaudio
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 11:30 pycentral
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root          root            18 Apr 30 00:19 python-support -> /usr/lib/pymodules
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:32 register-module
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:14 rfkill
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jan 17 09:56 rpm
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jun  8  2012 samba
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 sgml-base
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 22  2012 snmp
drwx------  3 root          root          4096 Jan  1  1985 sudo
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 17  2012 synaptic
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:32 ubiquity
-rw-r--r--  1 root          root           174 Jul  3  2012 ubuntu_dist_channel
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May 22 18:48 ucf
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 17:52 udisks
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:58 update-manager
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Apr 30 00:58 update-notifier
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 23 18:02 update-rc.d
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 21 18:44 upower
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 17:51 urandom
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May 30 17:26 ureadahead
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar  7  2012 usb_modeswitch
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 usbutils
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 vim
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jul  3  2012 xfonts
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 01:37 xkb
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 30 18:42 xml-core
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12.04

(for 13.04 read below)

drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Oct 14  2011 AccountsService
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Nov 21  2010 acpi-support
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Feb 27 08:12 acroplugin
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jul 15  2011 alsa
drwxr-xr-x  6 root          root          4096 May 30 08:47 apt
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 08:02 apt-xapian-index
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Oct 14  2011 aspell
drwxr-xr-x  2 avahi-autoipd avahi-autoipd 4096 Apr 25  2011 avahi-autoipd
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Feb  6 09:34 belocs
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  8 08:32 binfmts
drwxr-xr-x  2 colord        colord        4096 Oct 14  2011 colord
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 computer-janitor
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jun 17  2011 dbus
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 defoma
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 21 22:37 dhcp
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 dictionaries-common
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May  9 10:02 dkms
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Oct 14  2011 doc-base
drwxr-xr-x  7 root          root          4096 May 30 08:47 dpkg
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 dropbox
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Feb 15  2012 flashplugin-installer
drwxr-xr-x  7 root          root          4096 Oct 14  2011 gconf
drwxr-x--- 11 gdm           gdm           4096 May  2 09:17 gdm
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 ghostscript
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 hp
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 24 11:09 initramfs-tools
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar 28  2011 initscripts
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar 28  2011 insserv
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 libreoffice
drwxrwsr-x  2 libuuid       libuuid       4096 Apr 25  2011 libuuid
drwxr-x---  9 lightdm       lightdm       4096 May 21 22:38 lightdm
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 lintian
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 locales
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 08:01 logrotate
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 21  2011 misc
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 30 08:02 mlocate
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 21 22:38 NetworkManager
drwxr-xr-x  4 statd         root          4096 Jan  4 23:44 nfs
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar 10  2011 ntpdate
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Oct  3  2012 nvidia-common
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 16 08:36 os-prober
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  7 09:55 pam
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Jun 17  2011 plymouth
drwx------  3 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 polkit-1
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 11  2011 pulseaudio
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  9 10:01 pycentral
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root          root            18 Sep  4  2012 python-support -> /usr/lib/pymodules
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 rfkill
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 samba
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 sgml-base
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Feb  2  2011 snmp
drwx------  4 root          root          4096 Jan  1  1985 sudo
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr  6  2011 synaptic
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Feb  8  2012 tex-common
drwxr-xr-x  5 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 texmf
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Jun 17  2011 ubiquity
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May 23 07:52 ucf
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 21 22:38 udisks
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  5  2012 update-manager
drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root          4096 Feb  3 09:49 update-notifier
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May  9 10:01 update-rc.d
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 14  2011 upower
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 May 21 22:37 urandom
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 May 23 07:52 ureadahead
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Mar 22  2011 usb_modeswitch
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 usbutils
drwxr-xr-x  3 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 vim
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Apr 25  2011 xfonts
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 xkb
drwxr-xr-x  2 root          root          4096 Sep  4  2012 xml-core

The only difference I can spot is

pulse pulse pulseaudio # you
root root pulseaudio # me

13.04

On raring I get this situation (which is very similar to my 12.04 one)

total 272
drwxr-xr-x 4 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 AccountsService
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Oct  9  2012 acpi-support
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:20 alsa
drwxr-xr-x 6 root          root          4096 May 30 12:31 apt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:54 apt-xapian-index
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 aspell
drwxr-xr-x 2 avahi-autoipd avahi-autoipd 4096 Apr 24 10:04 avahi-autoipd
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:07 belocs
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 23:36 binfmts
drwxr-xr-x 3 colord        colord        4096 May 21 15:16 colord
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 dbus
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:02 dhcp
drwxr-xr-x 5 root          root          4096 May 21 15:08 dictionaries-common
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 May 22 11:06 dkms
drwxr-xr-x 5 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 doc-base
drwxr-xr-x 7 root          root          4096 May 30 12:31 dpkg
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 14 09:36 flashplugin-installer
drwxr-xr-x 5 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 gconf
drwxr-xr-x 4 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 ghostscript
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Mar  8 23:46 hp
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:19 initramfs-tools
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Jan 30 04:58 initscripts
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Jan 30 04:58 insserv
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 libreoffice
drwxrwsr-x 2 libuuid       libuuid       4096 Apr 24 10:02 libuuid
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 May 22 23:36 libxml-sax-perl
drwxr-x--- 7 lightdm       lightdm       4096 May 27 09:42 lightdm
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Mar 18 11:16 lintian
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:02 locales
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:54 logrotate
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 19 02:03 misc
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 30 07:54 mlocate
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 27 02:17 NetworkManager
drwxr-xr-x 4 statd         nogroup       4096 May 22 13:57 nfs
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr  4 15:25 ntpdate
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:19 os-prober
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:09 pam
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 plymouth
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 10:20 pm-utils
drwx------ 3 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 polkit-1
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 18 06:33 pulseaudio
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 10:49 pycentral
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:04 python
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root          root            18 May 22 10:47 python-support -> /usr/lib/pymodules
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:20 rfkill
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Nov 26  2012 samba
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 10:49 sgml-base
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Dec  6 00:10 snmp
drwx------ 3 root          root          4096 Jan  1  1985 sudo
drwxr-xr-x 5 root          root          4096 May 22 10:52 tex-common
drwxr-xr-x 9 root          root          4096 May 28 10:15 texmf
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 May 21 15:08 ubiquity
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 ubuntu-drivers-common
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 ubuntu-release-upgrader
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 May 22 23:36 ucf
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Mar 13 08:14 udisks
drwx------ 2 root          root          4096 May 23 09:16 udisks2
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 21:26 update-manager
drwxr-xr-x 4 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 update-notifier
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 10:53 update-rc.d
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Mar 19 23:07 upower
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 27 02:17 urandom
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 May 30 11:41 ureadahead
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Oct  8  2012 usb_modeswitch
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:03 usbutils
drwxr-xr-x 3 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:02 vim
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 Apr 24 10:05 xfonts
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 21 15:16 xkb
drwxr-xr-x 2 root          root          4096 May 22 10:49 xml-core

The only disagreement from a little awk and sort of our two outputs in terms of ownership is

pulse pulse pulseaudio
root root pulseaudio

Although, of course there are some libraries that we don't appear to share.

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Thanks a million! I wasn't sure about pulse; I'll set it back to root. I really appreciate your help. –  user163237 May 31 '13 at 5:12
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