Corrupted user

Tom Vawter tvawter at
Tue May 1 04:15:44 UTC 2007

Paul Kaplan wrote:
> It seems to me that you should be able to create a new user and then, as root, 
> copy the corrupted user files to the new user directory, and then change the 
> files' owner to the new user (as long as both users are in the same group).  
> In KDE you can change the owner of a directory and all of its contained files 
> and sub-directories in a single dialog box.  I can't say that I know the CLI 
> for that task.
> Paul
> On Monday 30 April 2007 10:11:15 pm Tom Vawter wrote:
>> I have corrupted my username to where I am only allowed a 10 second
>> login and I am told that $HOME/.dmrc is owned by the user(corrupted) and
>> should have 644 permissions.  I accomplished this lovely task by trying
>> to set up a share folder between ubuntu and osx following a tip from the
>> ubuntuforums.
>> I do have a 2nd username with adminstrative privileges.  I wonder if it
>> is possible to recover any files owned by the corrupted user?
>> Thanks
>> Tom Vawter
Thanks, Paul.  Your idea worked very well.


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