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Old 01-22-2004, 12:24 PM   #1
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Help me to know how can root see what a user did?


Hi people,
As a "user" I tried to install a few new fonts but first I got all of them in a folder that I created for the purpose of collecting them. When I tried to copy them to /usr/share/fonts/ja/TrueType I got the message saying that I couldnt do that as a user and I had to do it as root, but no pop up window came up asking me for the root password so I logged in as root. The problem is that no0w as root I cannot see the folder I created as "user" where I have all the fonts that I collected.
Is there a way of logging in as root and heaving access to all the things other user did? Is there a place to kind of change permissions for a specific user to allow him/her to do stuff not allowed to do otherwise?
Please help newbie...
Thanks a lot
 
Old 01-22-2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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Root should be allowed to see everything. This is a weird situation indeed. To change permissions you use the chmod command (man chmod for more info or search here at LQ). To figure out the permissions of a file, do

ls -l <filename>

without the <>'s and with the correct filename and path. It will give you an output similar to:

root rwxr--r--

Read Write eXecute. In this case, owner will have rwx, users will have read only, and world will have read only as well. It will tell you who the owner is as well, in this case root. To change owner ship, use the chown command (man chown for details).

Hope this helps.
 
Old 01-22-2004, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for your reply. As a newbie we all fear the CL which in fact is something I want to turn around, and this is a good oportunity to do that. Nevertheless if I kind a get stuck with the CL is there a way of doing that in KDE?
Thanks again
 
Old 01-22-2004, 01:12 PM   #4
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To be honest, I have no idea. I don't use KDE. But, the quick, sarcastic answer is:

Yes, open up a terminal in KDE and use the command line from within it.

Seriously though, I dont' know how to do it in KDE, but command line works really well. Don't fear the CLI, learn to love it. It's actually not as scary as you think. I was the same way at first. Now, I like to do ALL my work in CLI when it comes to editing, moving, copying, deleting, creating files, or making system changes. It's just much easier and much more power at your fingertips IMO. Learn it and love it. If you need help, that's what we're here for.
 
Old 01-22-2004, 01:15 PM   #5
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yah - try changing your screen resolution manually - its even scarier
 
Old 01-22-2004, 01:24 PM   #6
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You absolutely right...
It reminds me the first time I looked at a list of commands in Help, the fear id run though my veins. The list was a never ending string of strange words and I thought to myself: How am I going to learn all that?
But of course, that is the first impression, and it's a bit by bit thing.
I will persevere... Thanks for the help an the encouragement.
God save the Newbies helpers.
 
Old 01-22-2004, 04:28 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by Astropicachu
Thanks a lot for your reply. As a newbie we all fear the CL which in fact is something I want to turn around, and this is a good oportunity to do that. Nevertheless if I kind a get stuck with the CL is there a way of doing that in KDE?
Thanks again
As everyone, i am also used to the CL, more than X, it is very powerful indeed.

I dont know how to do a *chown* (changing the ownership)from KDE, but you can do a *chmod* (changing file permissions) through KDE by simply right clicking the file and choosing the *properties*. Here, navigate to the *Permissions* tab, and voila....you can change the file permissions at your will and wish

PS: if you need any help regarding the CL about file permissions etc, there is an excellent article posted by *bulliver*, you can read it here

Cheers

King Nothing
 
Old 01-22-2004, 04:31 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by Astropicachu
Thanks a lot for your reply. As a newbie we all fear the CL which in fact is something I want to turn around, and this is a good oportunity to do that. Nevertheless if I kind a get stuck with the CL is there a way of doing that in KDE?
Thanks again
You can delay using the CL by running nautilus, which lets you change permissions as root. But if you want to learn how to use a computer, you should start using the command line.
 
Old 01-22-2004, 04:55 PM   #9
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Thanks to all of you guys.
Command Line, here I come.
 
  


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