root unable to access folder
I'll start with the question, then go in to the background: is there a command to grant root permissions to a file/folder that is owned by another user?
Background: ran an installer as a standard user that created a bunch of files and folders, and root is unable to access them. If I do a "chmod o+xr" (as the user that ran the installer) on one of these file/folders, root is then able to access/read them.
This seems strange to me - I was under the impression root could read/access anything, regardless of who created/owns it...?
I'd rather not have to run through the file system granting 'others' access to things... I'd rather leave the permissions as they are but allow root to access the other user's files.
Or, maybe this is an intentional security measure? Would I need to add root as a member of the user's private group in order to grant this access?
FYI, this is on RHEL 5.5 x64.
Thanks in advance for your help,