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I am trying to migrate my kmail setup from a desktop to my laptop. I have succeeded in moving all the files and getting the ownership and permissions right I think except for what seam to be account spec files for the servers relating to each email account. Some of the files I had to take possession of as root to be able to copy them to the laptop and the chown -R user:user /a/dir to be able to have kmail on the laptop use them.
The file names for the ones I can't move to the laptop look something like
I have taken possession of these files as root on the desktop and save them to a shared folder that I can access from the laptop. From the laptop I can select the files but when I try to save them on the laptop I get an error message that says access denied. This is the root account how come access is denied?
I have looked on google but I didn't find where anyone else was having this problem.
What am I missing?
It must be one of those stupid things. I did spend an hour or so trying to mount my bluetooth adapter as my thumb drive today. Then I noticed I had the wrong usb thingy in my hand. Duh. Boy do I feel stupid.
I have tried to copy these files onto a usb thumb drive (windows format) and the desktop system won't let me. I can however copy them where ever I want to on the desktop. Still no success copying these (desktop)root owned file to the laptop with the (laptop)root account.
I do understand, I think, about the thumb drive because it's file system has no way to preserve the r/w bits for the files.
Still puzzled as to why the (laptop)root account, which can read the files on the desktop, can't save them on the laptop?
Although I can see the files from as a normal user I can't open them. They are owned by root, must be why. The permissions are reported as [-rw--w--w-]. I can change these on the desktop from root but not from the laptop. I am unable to look at the contents (they are just text files) from root either.
I need a . at the end? Never saw that before. I did a little looking on google and looked at a couple of other examples and came to the conclusion that I should be doing this from the desktop and not the laptop where the files needed to end up and I had immediate success without a . at the end.
Thanks again Tinkster for pointing out scp to me. It worked very well. I recopied all of the files for kmail again just to be sure. I did notice as I was looking over the files while chown'ing them that some of them were still owned by the laptop user from the previous attempts. Not a complete overwrite?