I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and having various problems. I have traced it back to the fact that my user's home directory (/home/user) is owned by root.
The /home directory is actually mounted on another drive, but I can see that in fstab I am mounting only /home and not /home/user:
UUID=DC56D19E56DX3233 /home ntfs user,exec 0 2
The chown command below does not seem to work:
sudo chown -R user /home/user
This will run without errors, however it does not actually change ownership of the direcory. Here is the output of
ls -ld after running the command:
drwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20480 Sep 25 00:07 /home/user
This is the same as it was previously.