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Old 05-03-2008, 04:16 AM   #1
NEVICA
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File permissions and transfer


Dear All,

I am trying to copy some files on my desktop to the following directory:

/var/lib/boinc-client/projects/.

I found that I did not have permission to copy to the projects file.

I went through the following commands.

I opened up a terminal and logged in as superuser

su

I then pointed to the projects file and then modified the ownerships with chmod

Unfortunately this did not work.

Here are the ownerships if the file projects.

dr-xr-x--x 3 boinc boinc 4096 2008-04-18 07:00 projects

This return obviously says there are three files within projects but all I find is one named setiathome.berkeley.edu

Why the mismatch?


Could anybody help me out.

Once I have changed the ownerships in order that I can copy files to it will I be able to drag and drop or will I have to use the cp command?

Nevica

Last edited by NEVICA; 05-03-2008 at 04:29 AM. Reason: Add information
 
Old 05-03-2008, 04:57 AM   #2
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I think chown is better in this case than chmod. chmod can change the rights for other users than the owner, while chown changes the owner of the file or in this case the folder.
I've found that 3 in your folder should point out the number of hardlinks within it.
I am a newbie, but I think this is the number of folders, including the "." and ".." folder.
You may have to use the recursive option "-R"
Hope this helps
/Ragge
 
Old 05-03-2008, 05:09 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by NEVICA View Post
Dear All,

I am trying to copy some files on my desktop to the following directory:

/var/lib/boinc-client/projects/.

I found that I did not have permission to copy to the projects file.

I went through the following commands.

I opened up a terminal and logged in as superuser

su

I then pointed to the projects file and then modified the ownerships with chmod

Unfortunately this did not work.

Here are the ownerships if the file projects.

dr-xr-x--x 3 boinc boinc 4096 2008-04-18 07:00 projects

This return obviously says there are three files within projects but all I find is one named setiathome.berkeley.edu

Why the mismatch?


Could anybody help me out.

Once I have changed the ownerships in order that I can copy files to it will I be able to drag and drop or will I have to use the cp command?

Nevica
You're not mentioning WHAT the chmod command was, so
there's no way to check whether it did what you expected
it to do or not.

As for the "mismatch" - you didn't take into account . and ..


Cheers,
Tink
 
  


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