I tried to link some files to plex media player and made a mistake when changing rights and ownership. I made a user named plex and gave it (not intentionally) all the rights and ownership of my personal files.

Result: I can not longer access my personal files from my normal user name.

What to do?

  • Edit your question and add the output of ls -lR on your home. – Braiam Jan 25 '14 at 0:43

This will convert USER & GROUP the owner of DIRECTORY:


Replace this command with your values and run it.

For instance if your personal files are under /home/pepe/ do sudo chown -R $USER /home/pepe/. This would work because $USER represents your actual user.

Maybe you need to restart your system to take effect.

  • can't get acces to home/pepe – user233269 Jan 24 '14 at 19:46
  • .gvfs ijnput output error ???? – user233269 Jan 24 '14 at 19:47
  • Please, copy and paste the full output. And do not edit it. It would be hard to help you with wrong information. – Lucio Jan 24 '14 at 19:48
  • chown: access denied to ‘/home/*******/.gvfs’: access denied: thanks for your help – user233269 Jan 24 '14 at 21:23
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    This morning after a reboot, all rights and ownership are back to normal, despite the error messages. I thought the error messages meant that the instruction did not work, but it did. thank you! – user233269 Jan 25 '14 at 8:07

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