This question is NOT about access to USB or external drives.

WPS Witer and other just installed Ubuntu software can NOT open files saved on my /media directory. I keep getting the annoying message: « Could not read the contents of '/media': Permission denied ».


How can I access all files and folders on my user username/media/ directory?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS.

Ubuntu's Nautilus can indeed access all files and folders in all locations. However, Ubuntu's software that I have downloaded (e.g. KRITA, WPS WRITER etc) can NOT access any file or folder on the /media directory. Thanks in advance.

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    Have you actually installed those applications, or have you just downloaded a Snap? Snap applications are not actually installed, and they have well-known limitations in accessing the filesystem because they run in a sort of sandbox.
    – AlexP
    Oct 2, 2019 at 14:16
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    The solution is not to use snaps. I know Ubuntu people don't want to hear this, but due them being sandboxed and cannot use local resources without additional permissions. Instead install deb (for WPS) or install from repo (for Krita). While that would simply be a apt install krita, I understand you want a GUI. Use Synaptics for that then. Personally, for me, snaps were the last straw and that's why I left for Debian. Snaps have their place for proprietary software, but stuff like the calculator should not be a snap. That's my opinion. Don't use snaps and your problems will go away. Oct 2, 2019 at 14:19
  • To AlexP : I downloaded and installed WPS Writer directly from Ubuntu Software. I still don't understand stuff about « snap » and really hope the get away from it...
    – André A.
    Oct 2, 2019 at 14:41
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    @AndréA. First uninstall the version you have right now (snap). Then download the deb file from WPS community (easy to google) and just double click it and install normally.
    – user880592
    Oct 2, 2019 at 15:37
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    Please don't ask the same exact question multiple times. It's noisy and disruptive. You should use only one question post for your question, not many. The others have been closed and/or locked. You should focus primarily on one question and not repost it. (Please also don't use posts to dump rants in disguise as the same question as this).
    – Thomas Ward
    Oct 2, 2019 at 16:24


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