Is it normal that I can't create directories in /home partition as a normal user?


user@pc:/home$ mkdir test

mkdir: cannot create directory ‘test’: Permission denied

Is that normal?

  • @ignis Please add your comment as an answer, so that mecropa can accept it, and question is marked as closed. – Bhavin Doshi May 2 '13 at 21:55
  • Ok, done – ignis May 3 '13 at 6:59
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    Mind that if you do this and in the future you feel the need to create a user "test" you might run into trouble. – Rinzwind May 3 '13 at 7:18
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    Why are you trying to create a directory under /home? If you're trying to create a new user with a home directory, there are better ways to do this. I do not recommend creating a directory under /home for any other purpose. – Flimm May 3 '13 at 8:16

Yes, it's expected, because your home is /home/user. /home is just the container for the home folders.

To be able to create a directory under the /home folder, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below:

cd /home

sudo mkdir <name>

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  • Thx for that but the problem is that the owner of the directory is still root. the solution for now is chown -R username directory – mecropa May 2 '13 at 21:25
  • @mecropa: chown -R is evil, just saying... be careful with that command. It can brick your OS. – Takkat May 2 '13 at 21:33

Don't forget to change the ownership of the created folder of a normal user won't be able to access it. sudo chown user:group newFolder

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