Change Permissions on a new hard drive to allow write...Problem Solved

mtyoung tuxman at
Tue Jan 9 20:09:22 UTC 2007


Please tell how I could have solved the problem without logging in as 
root. I'd really like to learn.


Jeffrey F. Bloss wrote:
> mtyoung wrote:
>> I really don't understand why so many people think that logging in as
>> root when needed is such a bad thing, although I can certainly see a
>> better way to accomplish what I needed to do.  See my other post
>> "Vote for new Ubuntu Feature---Let's try it again".
> You should know that it's wasn't in any way necessary for your to log in
> as root to do any of what you described.
> And you'll understand why logging in as root is frowned upon in most
> cases when you're rebuilding a system you've screwed up royally or had
> screwed up by some flaky piece of software. It will no doubt hit you
> right around the time you start swearing about not having current
> backups of all the stuff you've changed while you were root...

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