How to change permissions for /usr/share

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sat Jan 23 13:14:27 UTC 2010

On 23 January 2010 10:45, Thomas Blasejewicz <thomas at> wrote:
> Good evening
> Ubuntu comes apparently with "Stardict" pre-installed.
> I would like to see how this software works and therefore tried to
> download -> install some dictionaries.
> However, the dictionary files are supposed to be put into the folder
> /usr/share/stardict/dic (it says so in the software itself)
> Yet, when I try to
> * download something to that location
> * copy previously downloaded compressed files
> * copy decompressed folders or files
> I always get an error message (in Japanese, since I use the Japanese
> localized version),
> telling me, that I have no right to modify/access the above mentioned
> folder.
> Under "owner" it says there "root".
> I tried to change the permissions, but all options are greyed out and I
> cannot change anything.
> I also tried "Alt+F2 -> sudo", but had no access.
> If I am supposed to put the relevant dictionary files into that
> directory, how do I actually put them there
> when the computer does not allow me to modify the contents?

You may find the free downloadable Ubuntu pocket guide at useful.  It will tell
you about access permissions and much more.  It is a little out of
date on the graphical interface but is still an excellent guide for
Ubuntu beginners.


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