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Using Ubuntu 16.04, I gave all the permission of my home folder to an unknown username and now I am unable to write to the files under my home folder including Documents, Downloads etc...

How do I give back permission to the current user account?

marked as duplicate by Elder Geek, David Foerster, user535733, wjandrea, eballeste Mar 10 '18 at 5:55

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    what exactly did you do to cause the problem? – Zanna Mar 7 '18 at 14:26
  • When i tried to give permission of Apache server to Wordpress to create directory in \var\www\html . – Krishna Kumar S Mar 7 '18 at 14:31
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    What exactly did you do to change the ownership of the home directory? What does /var/www/html (mind the slash direction!) have to do with your user account's home directory. Please edit your post when you want to clarify something or add information. It’s best to have everything relevant in one place. Additionally, comments may be deleted for various reasons. Thanks. – David Foerster Mar 7 '18 at 14:32
  • @devius: No. This question is about ownership while your linked question is about access control flags. – David Foerster Mar 8 '18 at 12:05

To change the ownership of a directory recursively run

sudo chown -R USER: PATH

and replace USER with the user name and PATH with the path of the directory tree in question (here: the home directory).

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