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I recently updated my ubuntu to 11.04 and have run into an issue. I decided to do a fresh install instead of an upgrade and made my username different from my last. Now everything has my past usernames permissions.

How can I transition my home folder into my new installation/username.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I think this is a pretty good question and I imagine a lot of people run into this same issue. –  boehj May 14 '11 at 17:43

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Well as far home folder goes

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /home/$USER

will do the trick I think.

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Changing the user name is not so trivial in Ubuntu.

It would therefore be best advice to create a new user with you previous user name. To do so open System Settings -> Users and Groups. From -> Advanced Settings we may define the location of our /home/<username>/ directory. Choose the path to your old /home/username and you are done:

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