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Old 10-17-2003, 09:57 PM   #1
angmaya
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Talking I hope this is not such a stupid question!


Just installed Mandrake 8.0 everything seems to work ok (i think!) BUT, most of my directories are locked! this is a good thing right? I just hate having to "su" for such basic things, i trashed RH doin that! So what do i unlock? and what can i leave locked? but most importantly how do i unlock what is locked?

salamat po (thank you) in advance.
 
Old 10-17-2003, 10:10 PM   #2
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if you're a newbie it's best to leave the permissions of the system files and/or directories as they are out-of-the-box.

there really isn't many reasons why you would need to change permissions of files and/or folders other than those in your home directory...

by "unlocking" system files and/or directories you turn your linux into windows 98, almost... =)

linux's "locking mechanism" is the key to having users that don't have to worry about doing anything that might damage the system...

permissions in linux are managed with these commands:

http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man1/chown.1.html

http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man1/chmod.1.html

good luck!
 
Old 10-18-2003, 12:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply Win32sux !
 
Old 10-18-2003, 12:59 AM   #4
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you're very welcome angmaya!
 
  


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