The chown command (abbreviation for change owner)

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Change Owner From “root” in VMware's Shared Folder

I'm running a Xubuntu from a Windows 8 host. I can't change the owner of shared files from xubuntu by any sudo chown ... command. Is there any other way I can change the owner from the root to the ...
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chown not working on remote filesystem, other commands (e.g., chmod) do work

I am trying to change the ownership of a file on a remote filesystem, but chown responds with chown: changing ownership of ‘foo’: No such file or directory However, as you can see, foo is there and ...
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Help with chown command

I am a novice user with ubuntu, I ran some chown commands to give permssions to www-root apache folder, but some thing went wrong and all my folders, user account got locked. I am unable to open ...
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HELP I changed permissions nothing works and I got locket out [duplicate]

I ran this command sudo chown -hR root /. and now flash is disabled, chrome does not work, nothing works, I cannot even access folder directories outside of the terminal. I then logged out and tried ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Login Loop from running startx in root

I made a really big mistake and no other articles seem to be fixing this. I was trying to fix my new Ubuntu laptop that I bought because it has the username defualt (spelled wrong) and I didn't like ...
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Setting correct permissions

First of all let me say that i am almost new to Linux so please be patient :) I have an Ubuntu 14.0.4 running on my Systems. What i am trying to do is: On my system there are sabnzbd and plex ...
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Create user and block access to parent directories

New to terminal shenanigans here and I have set up a user using adduser dave --no-create-home/ Firstly, I think the user still, upon logging into the terminal, is pointed to their home directory (what ...
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Furius ISO Mount: directory belongs to root

whenever I mount an .iso file with Furius ISO Mount, the created directory in ~ belongs to root / root. When I tried to sudo chown dennis name_of_dir, I am told that I've not the permissions to do so. ...
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How to Remove Recursively grant ownership

I recently switched from Windows 8.1 to Ubuntu. Yesterday, I wanted to install PHP but during tutorial I did this: sudo chown -R joy /var/www but now onward for every command it ask for password ...
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Changing ownership of folder not working!

I am trying to change the ownership of a folder and subfolders by typing either of these: sudo chown $user -R /usr/bin/.folder/ sudo chown $user -R /usr/bin/folder/ sudo chown $user -R ...
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How to lock down SFTP user?

I really need some help, I have been trying to jail a user using ubuntu. Thing to note: james is the user sshusers is the group /home/james/upload/ is the directory where I wish to lock user ...
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problem during compilation

I am learning how to compile using your CompilingEasyHowTo guide. But as soon as I run the command shown below in the terminal, it shows the following error: tejas@tejas-AU909AA-ACJ-CQ3120IX:~$ sudo ...
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Is it bad to chown /media/USERNAME for your web server?

I've been trying to get this software working for my webserver. It's called ownCloud. I had partitioned my hard drive just to host my files on my web server. I made a new partition (128gb) and I've ...
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Cannot Write to www and update wordpress at same time

I have LAMP installed on my Ubuntu 14.04 server and am using apache as a web server. I am going to be using the web server for Wordpress primarily. The problem I am running into is that I cannot ...
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Chown Not Responding as I expected.

New to Ubuntu, so bare with me. I recently changed the permission of mysql, /var/lib/mysql so I could save a database in it manually (was only option currently, instead of importing it the proper ...
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Why is root the owner of my Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04?

When I am in my home folder there is a padlock on my Desktop icon. In properties there is written that root is the owner of Desktop and consequently I can't put anything on my Desktop. I have ...
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chown recursively changed permissions

I ran the chown command in a directory: chown -R user:user {.,}* The {.,}* is used with mv and cp to include both hidden and listed files. Now this command went through and changed those two files ...
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How to change read-only permission under 501 user?

I have a hard disk that install on it mac osx 10.4.11, so I plugged that to my Ubuntu system and now I can see all of the files, but it's just read only under the 501 user permission I'm root in ...
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Does chown command require login and logout to reflect changes?

Does chown command require login and logout to reflect changes?
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set file permissions

I have a directory, where users can drop their plugins (for a game). The directory permissions work for adding these plugin files. But there is one Problem: When the plugin generates config files, ...
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Can root chown anything?

So I have a duplicity-based backup script which is run periodically as root thanks to anacron. It runs as root because I'm backing up about the whole file system (save for /tmp, /sys, etc), and also ...
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Revert permission of /usr back to root

I was doing some alterations but in one I messed up. I changed the permissions of almost everything inside the /usr folder to my own user. It didn't change everything because it failed in the middle ...
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chrome does not load

hey there i followed the instructions on this page to change permission of all files in a directory in /var ...
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Can't access home folder

While installing Matlab, I mistakenly typed sudo chmod +x ./java in the home folder. And I got i/o error that you are not allowed to access the home folder. Suddenly everything in my home folder ...
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/usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

I have run following command accidentally sudo chown [username] -hR / Now sudo su getting error: sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set How to Solve This?
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mysql user access

I'm trying to move my mysql default database directory. I've found out how to do this, but I need to be able to use mysql, when it's /var/mysql/ directory's owner and group are set to root, not to ...
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Restoring rights for /var

I accidentally ran "sudo chown www-data /var -R". Right after I ran "sudo chown root /var -R" to restore the rights. I can however no longer login now. I'm still getting the full disk encryption ...
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How to create directory and change it's owner with the deb package

I need to create deb package that will create directory for logs. I want to create directory /var/logs/my_package and to change it's owner to my_user. In the docs there is information that I can ...
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Chmod crash version 13.10

I was watching a command line reference tutorial and testing out two commands, CHMOD and CHOWN. I ended up changing my root folder's permissions. What should I do? Version 13.10.
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chowned /usr to myself, how to recover?

I accidently ran chown myname /usr -R and now the login screen won't show up! I have tried various things in the root terminal, but nothing works. What can I do?
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Can't change permissions on extracted files Ubuntu 13.10

I'm trying to install a program from the *.x86_64 file but it seems I don't have the right permissions to do it. Even if I right-click and go in the "Permission" tab, when I try to change anything ...
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Hard drive (hfsplus) will not allow me to chown or chmod

I tried chmod and chown, neither worked and I got a message like this, repeated for every file in the drive. chmod: changing permissions of ‘folder/filename.id’: Read-only file system failed to ...
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Ubuntu, messed up default group ownership

I've setup btsync on my pc and in order for it to access the folder I wanted to sync I had to set it's owner and group to btsync. I did so by running sudo chown -R btsync:btsync ~/sync. Or at least, I ...
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How to give a specific user access only to a specific folder and its contents?

I used adduser <name> and created a new user, andrew. Now I want to give him read/write access only to /var/www/sitename.com and its contents. How am I supposed to do this? I tried sudo ...
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Change ownership of a large group of files

An app (Autokey-qt) installed itself with root as owner. It spans a lot of files and directories. I need to change the ownership to me in order to be able to edit the macros and configuration files. ...
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chown has no effect even after it claims it changed owner

The user 'user' exists on the server. The group 'homeusers' exist on the server. This is what is happenening: user@localhost / $ ssh user@server user@server:~$ lsb_release -a Description: Ubuntu ...
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How do you mount the Windows partition of a Hybrid Windows/Mac DVD

How to you mount the Windows partition of a hybrid Windows/Mac DVD
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Fix permissions for /usr

While trying to install adobe-flashplayer as a normal user (via a setuid binary, don't ask!), I suddenly noticed that the owner for /usr had been changed to myusername.myusername! Apparently, this is ...
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how to make /usr/lib owned by root again

I chowned -R username /usr/lib and now i cannot sudo or do any thing really due to sudoers.so belonging to username. How do i fix this and make /usr/lib owned by root again?
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changing chmod 755 to 775 on a directory will result in permission denied when connecting with sftp

When I change chmod in my /home/frans from 755 to 775 I get the following error when connecting with ftp fatal: bad ownership or modes for chroot directory "/home/frans" I'm a linux newbie and i'm ...
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Change of Ownership Causes Nautilus to crash how can I change it back?

Installing Solr I change the ownership of a folder called solr ... usr/share/solr-4.5.1/example/solr/ to tomcat7 but now when I try to change it back nautilus keeps switching off I have changed the ...
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Permissions and ownership of /var/www [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 VPS and have installed LAMP (apache2). Now I have uploaded my web files (WordPress) in /var/www. But I dont have permissions to write in files. When I run WordPress install, ...
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Accidentally chown -R on / [closed]

I accidentally wrote: sudo chown -R myuser / (I was actually trying to type "media/myuser/my\ pen\ drive") Now the system doesn't boot. How do I fix this? Do I just: sudo chown -R root / I'm a ...
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How can I recover from accidental chown -R

I am an Ubuntu newbie, and I accidentally typed chown www-data:www-data * -R. After a while, I tried to restart, but my computer couldn't even start, saying: # Your screen, graphics cards, and input ...
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firefox issues in ubuntu 13.04 64bit

First, im new in ubuntu so please bear with me. My firefox used to be working normally for the first time i installed ubuntu 13.04. I dont feel did anything wrong, but it suddenly cant be opened via ...
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Owner of /usr/lib is not root

Virtualbox program error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine .... Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_OWNER_NOT_ROOT). Terminal output: balazs@inspiron:/usr$ ls -l total 164 ...
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Root Owns Home Directory, chown does not work

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and having various problems. I have traced it back to the fact that my user's home directory (/home/user) is owned by root. The /home directory is actually mounted on ...
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Unable to install tor: chown missing operand

I get the following error message while starting tor: flagg@flagg-eMachines-E627:~$ sudo chown -Rv $flagg ~/.tor-browser [sudo] password for flagg: chown: missing operand after ...
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How can I change owner back to root?

So, I did a stupid thing... I was installing some software (Java SE 7, if you must know) from a tarball, and I got tired of using sudo, so I went and changed the owner of my /usr directory to myself. ...
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Change ownership when owned have space in name?

I run into a very stupid problem, trying to migrate files into new xampp server and having hard time until i realised: The installation from package created username with space in it. So now i have ...