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I'm working on Ubuntu 18.04.01 using Guake terminal and zsh.

Every time I run a command in terminal I get this warning after executing this command.

Could not open directory '.dbus/': Permission denied

I noticed having this warning after installing zsh.

  • What does it mean?
  • How can I solve this warning?
  • what is the output of ls -ld ~/.dbus/? who is the owner of the folder? – Yaron Jan 2 '19 at 7:40
  • drwx------ 3 root root 4096 – Salahuddin Jan 2 '19 at 7:41
  • Find all those cases on your $HOME with find ~ -user root – Pablo Bianchi Jan 13 at 4:19
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It seems like your ~/.dbus/ folder is owned by root instead of by your own user.

If this is the case, you can:

  1. Remove that folder, using:

    sudo rm -rf ~/.dbus
    

Or:

  1. Change the ownership to your-username / your-user-group using:

    sudo chown -R your-user-name.your-user-group-name ~/.dbus/
    

    Note: replace your-user-name.your-user-group-name with the actual values, e.g. if your user is sal and your group is also sal than it will be: sal.sal

As @Pablo Bianchi added in the comments below, $USER environment variable holds your-user-name (and in Ubuntu your-group-name is usually equal to your username) hence in most cases you can run the following command:

    sudo chown -R $USER.$USER ~/.dbus/

More info regarding Ubuntu environment variables can be found here

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    Thanks for your answer. But what is this directory for? Is it safe to just delete it? – Salahuddin Jan 2 '19 at 7:46
  • Probably just $USER.$USER for your username:group – Pablo Bianchi Jan 11 at 5:09
  • @PabloBianchi - thanks for your comment! added the info to my answer – Yaron Jan 12 at 7:51

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