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Strange very Strange,I use Mepis and I downloaded some icons to my home,ran;
tar xjf icons.tar.bz2
nothing happened so I typed ls,and it unziped to my home folder,when I tried to download something to my home access was denied that I could not right to that,wow so I loged out and tried to log back in and could not,loged back out log in as root changed the permissions on my home and now I can log in,what else do I need to do to fix up this mess I got myself in,thanks david
When you did su you logged in as root. So when you un tarred the files root wrote them, so root owns any files created ( no access as a normal user ). You do not need to be root to un tar files in your home directory, unless root downloaded them ( then just change the owner with chown ).