My hdd is partitioned into 220gigs n 250 gigs approx.Im able to store files on one of these partitions but I cant store any files on the other partition having the OS.The paste option never appears.I would like to use this space to store some files temporarily.Could you guys help me?If this question was asked previously Im extremely sorry.

Thanks in advance folks

  • You cannot just put anything anywhere since its the root directory. There is a specific folder to store specific stuffs. Like, You can always store your personal files under your home directory. I will not suggest you to use the system directories to store your personal files. – Arin Chakraborty Apr 4 '13 at 18:03

You could resize your home and root partition. The safest way would be to reinstall Ubuntu and set your root partition to something smaller. For most users 20Gb is plenty of space for a root partition. Leave your current home partition as is during the reinstall. Then you can expand your home partition into the newly freed up space.

Here is a useful article on modifing partitions with GParted without losing data: http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted

  • Thanq very much Greg – crypto Apr 4 '13 at 19:28
  • No worries mate – Gregology Apr 4 '13 at 19:52

Sounds like a permissions issue. You can see the permissions of a directory by right clicking properties or in terminal.

user@computer / $ ls -al
total 128
drwxr-xr-x  24 root root  4096 Mar 19 17:09 .
drwxr-xr-x  24 root root  4096 Mar 19 17:09 ..
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Jan 15 17:27 bin
drwxr-xr-x   3 root root  4096 Mar 30 07:47 boot
drwxr-xr-x  17 root root  4300 Apr  3 22:24 dev
drwxr-xr-x 164 root root 12288 Apr  4 12:31 etc...

In the example above all the directories are owned by root. Chown the directory you would like to store the files in replacing with your username

$ sudo chown -R <your username> /path/to/dir

This will give you ownership of the directory so you can paste into it. The -R makes the change recursive so the ownership of sub directories are also changed.

  • It works magic.Kudos mate – crypto Apr 5 '13 at 11:12
  • Glad I could help mate. – Gregology Apr 5 '13 at 15:04
  • Im sorry to bother you but I did change the permission of the var directory in the file system which resulted in ubuntu running on low graphics mode.How do I revert the permission back to root? – crypto Apr 5 '13 at 16:40
  • $ sudo chown -R root:root /var – Gregology Apr 5 '13 at 17:31
  • The root:root changes the owner and the group to root – Gregology Apr 5 '13 at 17:32

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