new to ubuntu; have a few questions

Dwain Alford dwain.alford at
Sat Nov 11 00:38:16 UTC 2006

i went back and looked at your email again and figured out why it wouldnt
work.  i've got a problem that i don't know how to rectify.  i even
<mumbling> reformatted and reinstalled</mumbling> the os and the problem is
still there.

the file system has an unknown owner;  how do i put the root as owner
again?  i tried <chown root / > and root did not take ownership.  i'm sure i
did this wrong.  since there is nothing pressing on my system now, and i
don't mind a reinstall while learning linux, what is the way to correct this
and return the file system to root ownership?

<mumbling again>reformatting and reinstalling</mumbling again> on the second
drive gave root the ownership again.  after the r&r i added a directory in
my home folder and mounted the second drive to it.  for some reason that
directory and all of the other directories in the home folder were under my
ownership without having to do the <chown> thing again.  other directories
on the file system drive are under root and thus i can't change permissions,
which is ok.  i have realized i don't need that much control and don't want
to compromise the security of the system too badly; i can take ownership of
what i need and the system can have the rest.

not doing windows no more~


On 11/9/06, Constantine Evans <constantine at> wrote:
> In your previous email it looks like you have too many slashes.  For
> example, for a user named cge to take ownership of the /mnt/hd
> directory, the command would be  "chown cge /mnt/hd".
> You need to do this on the place where the drive is mounted. You don't
> need to do it on the drive itself (the /dev/hdc or similar).
> You might want to read the manual page for chown (with the command "man
> chown")
> Constantine
> Dwain Alford wrote:
> >
> >
> > On 11/9/06, *Dwain Alford* <dwain.alford at
> > <mailto:dwain.alford at>> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >     On 11/9/06, *Constantine Evans* < constantine at
> >     <mailto:constantine at>> wrote:
> >
> >         ac wrote:
> >         To Dwain: You can make the hard drive so that only you can
> >         access it as
> >         your account. If it has a Linux filesystem, change the directory
> >         where
> >         it is mounted so that your user owns it (on the command line,
> >         this would
> >         be chown username /path/to/mount/point). Then you can read and
> write
> >         everything on the hard drive, and can change the permissions so
> that
> >         others can't write to it, or even read to it if you choose.
> >
> >
> > i did the chown and i own the folder (path to the hdd) now; however,
> > there is an unknown owner and file group on the hard drive.  i did the
> > chown on the hdd and i didn't take ownership.  how should i go about
> > doing this?
> >
> > dwain
> >
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