New installation Jaunty constant permissions problems

John L Vifian jongleur at
Wed May 20 16:25:05 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 19 May 2009 4:05:05 pm steven vollom wrote:

>  There are words I will have to get comfortable with because I
> have never used them, like prepend and symbolic link and referent and
> recursive and verbose; some I have heard, but never used or understood. 

Some of this you don't need to worry about yet.  However a symbolic link is 
like a shortcut to the file or program,  When you drag a file in Dolphin to a 
different directory you are given the option of moving it, copying it or 
linking it.  The later will create a symbolic link.

Recursive as applied to file operations means that the action will be applied 
to the sub-directories and their sub-directories  etc. of the directory to 
which the action is applied

> Unless I am in Root, I can't really hurt anything while I explore, can I? 
> Thanks!

Uhm you can do damage as yourself but just not as much.  In particular check 
out "rm"  via "info rm"

John Vifian
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