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Old 07-31-2004, 04:24 AM   #1
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New FC3 user - read only icons, apps not working, and MP3s


Hello everyone! I'm a new Linux user currently running Fedora Core 3 Test 1. I set up my drive with a Windows partition and a Linux partition with dual boot using GRUB. But enough about me, and onto my problem. I set everything up using the root user, and now I am trying to wean myself away from that and into my regular account, the Danny account. But when I use the Danny account, I get a bunch of read only icons over "Computer," "Danny's Home," "Start Here," and even "Trash." I guess they don't really impede me function-wise, but they're very annoying. How can I make them go away? Also, how can I get my Danny user to have root-like access (control everything on the machine)?

Also, some of my applications don't work. For example, I downloaded a game called Armagetron. When I launch it, it flashes on screen for a second, then goes away. There are more with similar problems but I can't remember them right now.

Finally, how can I get my music player to play MP3 files? (The simple version, please! I don't need encoding, just playback.)

Thanks!

P.S. I know I said I was done, but I forgot something. How can I make a drive be mounted at startup?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 04:44 AM   #2
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1.
To get rid of those readonly problems
run this command as Root

chown -R Danny /home/Danny

2.
To give Danny root access make him a member of the root group and then give the root group rwx access to everything on the system.

Do something like

chmod -R g+rwx /

(I do not recommend this though)

have a look at this thred about file permissions

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/answers/20



3.
download mplayer for mp3 and all other movie and sound files
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/news.html

4.
to get drives to mount on startup you have to add it to your /etc/fstab file.
Do a google search for how to do this.

Last edited by jax8; 07-31-2004 at 04:49 AM.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 04:51 AM   #3
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Originally posted by jax8
To give Danny root access make him a member of the root group and then give the root group rwx access to everything on the system.

Do something like

chmod -R g+rwx /

(I do not recommend this though)[/B]
Thank you for your help! I have everything sorted out except for #2. I am hesitant to proceed because of your warning. Why is this not recommended?

Also, another question has cropped up. How do I change the default browser from Mozilla to Mozilla Firefox?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 04:57 AM   #4
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Doing this may cause security issues.

If you don't care about security you may as well do it, however I would be battered over the head by the linux guru's if I did not warn you.

chmod -Rvf g+rwx /

You may want to run the above command so you can see exactly what you are doing.


For the default browser, What didtro and windows manager are you using?

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Old 07-31-2004, 04:58 AM   #5
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Thanks. But the first thing you suggested to get rid of the read only icons did not remove them, I just checked. I still have them on Computer, Danny's Home, and Trash.

Default browser: I am using GNOME on Fedora Core 3 Test 1.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 05:16 AM   #6
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I assume you coppied everything from root to your Danny folder.


I use KDE so I cant really help you with changing of the Default only to say that there will be an option to change preferred applications in the menu somewhere.


To check whthere Danny has gained root been assigned as the owner of the files in you home directory run this command

ls -al ~

an make sure that Danny is the owner, you will get lines looking like

drwxr-xr-x 2 jack jack 4096 Aug 1 02:19 winXPPro

the first instance of jack is the owner and the second is the group.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 01:24 PM   #7
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I changed my default browser, thanks. When I run that command, nothing is owned by Danny. It's all root.

EDIT: I have another important question. If I download applications from APT, how do I remove them? (Uninstall the app and get it removed from my menu.)

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Old 07-31-2004, 05:31 PM   #8
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Getting back to the issue of giving the Danny account the same privs as root - this is a poor idea, and I would say: Don't do it. Running with root privs should only be done in limited, specific situations (such as installing new software packages) but otherwise it's dangerous. Why? Because you can very easily hose your entire system, just by running the wrong command or running a command from the wrong directory.

The reason regular user accounts are set up so that they don't have permission to perform root-level actions is specifically to avoid these kinds of issues. The idea is that a regular user should never be permitted to do anything that could corrupt the system, and if you disable that protection, you put your system at risk.

Assuming you set up the Danny account correctly, you shouldn't be having trouble using it. What command did you use to create it? -- J.W.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 06:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the help, J.W. I just set it up when it asked me for it in Fedora setup.

EDIT: I just deleted the Danny account and recreated it. The read only (pencil with red slash over it) is still there. Please tell me how to get rid of it!

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Old 07-31-2004, 09:03 PM   #10
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Okay, I fixed the read only icons by reinstalling Fedora. It failed rather suddenly and rather catastrophically, so I just reinstalled. Works fine now. One last question, how can I give my Danny user access to read a mounted drive (my Windows partition)?
 
Old 07-31-2004, 10:20 PM   #11
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give Danny RWX permissions to the mountpoint

(login as root to do this)

chgrp Danny /mnt/windows && chmod 740 /mnt/windows

Last edited by jax8; 07-31-2004 at 10:21 PM.
 
Old 07-31-2004, 10:30 PM   #12
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Since the drive is NTFS, it comes up with this error:

chgrp: changing group of `/mnt/windows': Read-only file system

What now? Can I still do it?
 
Old 08-01-2004, 03:28 AM   #13
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Fixed, thanks to another thread on these great forums. You guys are great and I will continue to hang around here for as long as I have and use Linux. Which will be a while. Maybe forever.
 
Old 08-01-2004, 03:23 PM   #14
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Congrats on getting everything set up successfully timelord726, and if I didn't say it before, Welcome to LQ! -- J.W.
 
  


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