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I haven't written in the newb forum for a while now, but I guess it's time to return...
the thing is - since I got this computer, I've been runnning as root, since most of my work was installing and configuring the computer.
Then, when I had really nice settings set as root, going back to my usual user ziggamon fel really bad..
so I figured - I'll copy everything in my root dir to my home dir, and things will be good, but they weren't.
I had permission issues since all the files were still owned by root....
so what I did was (and this is the really stupid part)
I ran chown -vR ziggamon .*
chmod -vR 777 .*
in the /home/ziggamon folder.
as a result, all of my computer is now owned by ziggamon, and is read/writable. this because .* also allows ../ and ../../ and so on, making my entire computer owned by ziggamon.
Another funny thing is that I still can't log in as ziggamon...
metacity won't start...
I doubt that there is some easy fix to this problem, however if someone had one I'd be reaaaaally happy!
Otherwise - let this be a lesson for all the newb out there not to think they're smarter than their computer, because usaually they aren't...