First of all let me say that i am almost new to Linux so please be patient :) I have an Ubuntu 14.0.4 running on my Systems.

What i am trying to do is: On my system there are sabnzbd and plex running. sabnzbd is running as root and plex has an own user (plex) with an own group (plex).

What i need is that the user plex, myuser and also sabnzbd (root) have read, write and execute permission at /media and also all subfolders and files. I studied now a lot of stuff at the internet and tried my luck with chmod; chown; the /etc/group file; and many more but i am to stupid to get it to work.

Can someone tell me what i need?


For a little more secure approach I'd recommend creating a group for those 3 users and then chown'ing the directory by the group.

1. sudo groupadd mygroup

2. sudo usermod -aG {group-name} username

In your case it'd be

sudo usermod -aG mygroup plex ; sudo usermod -aG mygroup root ; sudo usermod -aG mygroup myuser

3. chown -Rf :mygroup /media
  • Sound pretty good - thanks. Just one more thing. Under /media there i have an ntfs hdd mounted with the permission option at fstab. Can i somehow remove unneccessary permissions first because acl is active and i already messed up a bit :( or will chown remove everything anyway? I tested now and "sudo useradd -G mygroup plex" will give me back something like this "useradd: User >>plex<< already exists" also for the other users. – Panic0815 Nov 10 '14 at 21:15
  • Sorry i got the wrong command. Edited the answer accordingly. In case of the ntfs i think that the chown will edit the permissions anyway, but in case any problem arise don't hesitate to comment here – Genesis Nov 10 '14 at 21:33
  • I did this now and rebooted my system. Access seems to be OK but i seem no to be a sudoer any more: myuser ist nicht in der sudoers-Datei. Dieser Vorfall wird gemeldet. - myuser is not an member of the sudoers file. What to do? – Panic0815 Nov 12 '14 at 6:31
  • Reboot to the recovery console and add your user back to sudo from there on newer installations you will likely need to remount the root filesystem read-write first # mount -o remount,rw / # usermod -aG sudo user # exit – Genesis Nov 12 '14 at 7:49
  • Sorry for late reply. I was not able to boot into recovery - my system is to fast :) But i did reinstall the system because a lot of stuff were messed up anyway. It now worked with the -aG comment thx. One more thing left - sabnzbd is running as root and moving files to /media/Store where i changed the permission as shown above. The new files to not take over the permission and belong to root:root and that a problem because i now cant change them (PS: The folder /media/Store is also shared with smaba) so it would be good that all permissions are myuser:mygroup and this also for new files. – Panic0815 Nov 14 '14 at 12:52

You just need to perform this following command:

sudo chmod -Rf 777 /media


-Rf will force change the permissions recursively.

"777" will get for root, root group and others the permission for read, write and execute everything on the directory.

  • This grants write privileges to everybody, not just the 3 mentioned users, and may not be what OP wants or needs. It also makes all files executable, which may lead to confusion and even security problems. – David Foerster Nov 12 '14 at 16:01

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