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Gahh, this is confusing. I type man chown and all this stuff comes up. I just want my user to be the owner of everything in / or in other words, everything on this partition since I'm the only one using it.
everything? no that's wrong, very very wrong. root is there for an extremely good reason, and you'd do very well is accept him, and appreciate him when you aren't allowed to do something really dumb and break your entire system. changing ALL file ownerships on your system is a superb step to completely trashing your system though if you really do want to. i promise it will never ever boot correctly again...
you shouldn't really ever need to put any files in /usr/local other than system programs and libraries which should be installed via rpm, makefiles or such like, you shouldn't ever need to manually coy thigns to there.
Well, I've been going through the Apache HowTo guide and it's telling me to put all the files in /usr/local when I download them but they never show up when they do so I'm guessing it's because of the permissions.