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I was backing up my system, and got a permission denied message on the file /var/lib/lightdm/.gvfs. So, I go and do a ls -alrt on that directory, and the directory .gvfs has permissions of "d?????????? ? ? ? ? ?". In other words even the file owner, size, date are also a question mark. As root, I have no permissions to chmod or chown it. Can someone help me understand what it means and how to resolve it? Thanks.

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Does grep '^lightdm' /etc/passwd output a single line that looks like lightdm:x:104:111:Light Display Manager:/var/lib/lightdm:/bin/false –  ladaghini Oct 23 '13 at 16:33
Yes the grep matches what you have described above. –  hyalite Oct 23 '13 at 16:41
@hyalite What is the output of sudo stat /var/lib/lightdm/.gvfs command? –  Radu Rădeanu Oct 23 '13 at 16:44
On my system, /var/lib/lightdm/.gvfs's owner and group is lightdm, so perhaps you can chown the directory to lightdm:lightdm? Not sure if it's safe to do. –  ladaghini Oct 23 '13 at 16:45
@Radu -- The sudo stat just gives me permission denied. –  hyalite Oct 23 '13 at 16:51

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