I have a ubuntu desktop edition set up as server at my home and this installation has a lot of users. I hav a administrator account and all other accounts are standard accounts.

At the moment everyone can see the other peoples home directories and the files in it. I would like to change this that the users can only access their own home directories. But I would like to still be able to see the other users home directories.

Can someone tell me how I can do this?

Thank you.


You have to change the permissions in the users home folders. For instance, if the user folders are:


You should do :

chmod -R go-rwx /home/alice
chmod -R go-rwx /home/john
chmod -R go-rwx /home/jack
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    That works, but I would like to be able to access the directories as administrator. – Jerodev May 25 '12 at 11:28
  • The root user can still access them. – Ángel Nov 27 '14 at 19:37

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