The chown command (abbreviation for change owner)

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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 ...
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New User - Installing Applications ie Android SDK - Where To ? ( Equivalent of Program Files ? )

it is taking me some time to find my way around Ubuntu and while I know I can Sudo an App like PCManFM to create directories I do not know where the best place to create a folder for the Android SDK ( ...
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How can we execute a terminal-command for all the subfolders, at once

I need to change ownership of my Downloads folder from root to my username. Using 'chown' and '*' wildcard I could get around with each folder and it's files but that's tedious. Anything I could do ...
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1 day folder on my webserver lost permissions

I've ubuntu server 12.04. I try to upload image on one of my wp installations on this box, and I get permission error (worked perfectly few days back). I log in and check permissions and I see ...
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chown -R user:user .* changes permissions backwards: is this the correct behaviour?

I got into a lot of trouble when changing the permission of a folder myfolder residing in /. I issued the command sudo chown -R luca:luca /myfolder/.* My intention was to change ownership of all ...
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Wireless driver not loading after changing ownership of /usr/lib. How can I restore default ownership?

I have changed the ownership of /usr/lib by mistake as root:root by running the below command: sudo chown -R root:root /usr/lib/ Now, the wireless drivers are not loading and also I am not able to ...
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Can't chown mounted HDD under sudo

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 in another attempt to drop away from Windows, and am having an issue with my two HDDs. I've gone through the entirety of this tutorial very carefully, but I think ...
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Need hdd access from live cd

Something went wrong with the kernels of my current installed Ubuntu, and because of this i can't access my Ubuntu installation, so I'm trying to make a back-up using a LiveCD and copying everything ...
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Windows won't boot after using chown on windows partition

I was following this: Mount NTFS partition at startup, with non-root user as owner to be able to use permissions with my NTFS partitions without having to change owner to "root". I did what the ...
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Set myself as owner of /etc with chown command now getting all kinds of errors

I needed to edit a .config file (which I know for a fact is not creating these problems, just to clear that up) and it wouldn't let me save it, so I took ownership of /etc and all contents with the ...
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How to restore the default chown permissions on a directory / file? [duplicate]

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 x86_64. I wanted to own whole stuff in my home directory. So I executed these two commands. sudo chown -RcH rootkea ~ sudo chown -RcL rootkea ~ Now due to those symbolic ...
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why does chown have no effect? (13.04)

I am using chown because folders/files I download via Firefox are being saved as being owned by root instead of my own user... when I used: sudo chown -R -v username:username path/path/path I see ...
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Can I set a specific group|umask to be the default one for all actions within a certain path?

I would like to override the default umask and owner:group settings within certain directories only, without requiring root privileges, as that kind of defeats the purpose. For example, when I touch ...
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Why can't I set group and ownership of one folder without afffecting the other?

I've upgraded an Ubuntu PC from 10.04 to 12.04. Problem is all the permissions were wrong on the home folders. So, I did the following: sudo chown -R james:james /home/james/* sudo chown -R ...
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Can't access function after chown command

I was using this command chown root:www-data /var/www/example.com -R, but there was a message shown that directory not listed.
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Should I install non-repository software as root or as my user?

What is the right way of installing programs that are not available in repositories: should my user own the binaries and keep them in ~/bin/, or should root own the binaries and keep them in, say, ...