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Old 06-24-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
theif519
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How do I change change the home directory to be owned by me and not root? Slackware


I've already done the following commands

Code:
su
chown theif519 /home/theif519
chmod 775 /home/theif519
exit
#usermod -d /home/theif519 login *I would also like for someone to explain how this command works, if you'd be so kind*
I've logged out and logged back in, and I was successful in making it the default directory it logs in to. Still, afterwards I noticed that that when I use the list all commands "ls -l" it shows that root owns it and it also shows that I do not, by default, have read write execute over it, only read execute. Sorry if I'm not making any sense. *I'm using Slackware 13.37* in a Virtual Machine*

Another thing, I don't think I added any rights to my user, how do I give it more rights as well? Like, wheel and sudo and all of that stuff.

Also, this was the website I was using *Although it didn't help much, the comments sure did*

http://nixtechnica.blogspot.com/2007...ectory-in.html

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Old 06-24-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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Hi there,

The command you mentioned should work. Not sure why it is showing root as owner in ls -l. I would suggest you to try the following thing:

1. su - root
2. chown theif519.theif519 /home/theif519 /* You are making theif519 user private group and the user itself to be the owner:group of that particular home directory

3. chmod 775 /home/theif519 /* I would suggest you should use chmod 644 /home/theif519 instead */

4. Do ls -l /home

5. Exit

6. Login as the user and see if you have got the required rights. Perform ls -l using your user account in /home. ls -l /home

Let us know if it works.
 
Old 06-24-2011, 01:07 PM   #3
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Is it possible that the root ownership showing is actually the root ownership of ".." in the directory listing of ls -al, the actual /home directory, which should be owned by root.
 
Old 06-24-2011, 01:13 PM   #4
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Hi there,

The command you mentioned should work. Not sure why it is showing root as owner in ls -l. I would suggest you to try the following thing:

1. su - root
2. chown theif519.theif519 /home/theif519 /* You are making theif519 user private group and the user itself to be the owner:group of that particular home directory

3. chmod 775 /home/theif519 /* I would suggest you should use chmod 644 /home/theif519 instead */

4. Do ls -l /home

5. Exit

6. Login as the user and see if you have got the required rights. Perform ls -l using your user account in /home. ls -l /home

Let us know if it works.
Thank you, by using part of what you suggested

Code:
 chown theif519.theif519 /home/theif519
It now shows it owned by me. I hope that this means that from now on, whatever I add, it's contents will belong to me instead of root. Now another thing, is this enough, or do I need to add my account to more groups like wheel and sudo?
 
Old 06-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #5
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Yes, it will belong to the user account from now onwards. One more thing you could do to modify the existing ownership under your home directory is the following command:

chown -R theif519.theif519 /home/theif519

The above command will recursively change the ownership of the file underneath the user's home directory. Beaware, never run this command on / as it might lead to non-recoverable situation as it changes the ownership recursively.

Sorry in the first post I forgot to explain this:

#usermod -d /home/theif519 login *I would also like for someone to explain how this command works, if you'd be so kind*

The above command instruct the system that modify the user's home directory to be the one that followed by -d and --login or -l will be the login name of the user.

This command is usually used when either user's home directory or user account has been renamed.

I hope this helps.
 
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