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Weapon S 02-01-2013 03:36 AM

Permissions issue XFCE remove desktop items
I'm on Debian.
It is impossible to delete items on my desktop via Thunar, a terminal or right-clicking. I want to understand the problem before brute-forcing it.
The permissions for all files on the desktop look like this: -rw-r--r-- 1 usrname usrname.
No group write permissions. Is that a problem? Why so? And then why is it configured like that? (Was it probably something I did myself? :-X )
The permissions for the folder itself look like this: dr-xr-xr-x 4 usrname usrname.
Beginner explanation appreciated.

camorri 02-01-2013 07:34 AM

I suspect the problem is the lack of write permission on the Desktop dir. Here is what mine looks like, I can delete icons in the folder at will.


ls -l Desktop
total 64
drwxr-xr-x 2 cliff users 4096 Jan 22 09:17 ./
drwxrwx--- 98 cliff users 4096 Feb 1 06:52 ../
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 65 Sep 13 2011 .directory
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 22458 Nov 28 2011 .pdf
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 178 Jan 23 2012 Bluetooth.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 213 Jan 22 10:38 Compiz\ Fusion\ Icon.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 189 Oct 28 2011 Mail-light.desktop
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 199 Dec 23 2011 Root-ZenMap.desktop
-rwxr--r-- 1 cliff users 115 May 21 2012 Virgin\ Radio.pls*
-rw-r--r-- 1 cliff users 6284 Sep 13 2011 trash.desktop
Add write permission to the Desktop dir and see what happens.

Weapon S 02-05-2013 10:34 AM

It was indeed the permissions of the directory. Also it is very likely something I had done myself. (In fact I have restored it so nobody saves anything on the desktop.) I still don't understand the difference between user and group, but I guess that is out of the scope of this question.
For those who are clueless:
chmod u+w Desktop
rm Desktop/That_file.desktop
chmod u-w Desktop

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