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Old 02-27-2005, 09:41 PM   #1
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Exclamation "You don't have the right permissions to extract archives in the folder " please help


Hey, I am running RedHat Linux v. 9 if that helps, and I am trying to copy macromedia flash player plugins into my mozilla browsers plugin folder. It says, "You don't have the right permissions to extract archives in the folder "/usr/lib/mozilla-1.2.1/plugins/" Is there anyway that i can get around this and get the plugins installed properly? Please help. If you do not feel like rpelying in the forum you can always email me at laquacn2004@yahoo.com Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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Try installing them as root. Do an "su" by command line and then go for it.
 
Old 02-27-2005, 10:14 PM   #3
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Well, i am a noob to linux. Does that su thing mean that i go into a terminal and then type in su? If so, then what? Or else please tell me the correct way. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 02-27-2005, 11:14 PM   #4
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Yes! Open a command line, and type "su" (minus the quotes). It will ask for your root password. Enter that and proceed as you did before.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 07:32 AM   #5
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Hey, I typed in su, then it asked for a root password, all good. I did that. But then it still wont let me move the files. Is there a different way that i have to move them? I am just trying to drag and drop them into the correct folder. Thanks for you help.
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Old 02-28-2005, 07:37 AM   #6
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The solution does only allow you to copy the files from the commandline where you entered your su-command. Check man cp how to copy files.

If you want to use drag-'n-drop, login is root in the GUI. After the operation, logout and login as normal user.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 07:40 AM   #7
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Hey, I typed in su, then it asked for a root password, all good. I did that. But then it still wont let me move the files. Is there a different way that i have to move them? I am just trying to drag and drop them into the correct folder. Thanks for you help.
When you su to root, only that shell window has root permissions.

You cannot, for instance, su to root in one shell, then expect to point and click, or drag and drop from any windowed application and have it work; all other applications in the system still have your user rights and not root rights.

You need to invoke the program you are using to open the archive from that shell window. For instance, if you are using ark, cd to the directory (we use "directories", not "folders" in the unix world) then just type in "ark" myarchivename from that shell window., where of course you replace "myarchivename" with the name of the archive you are working on.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 07:42 AM   #8
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If you want to use drag-'n-drop, login is root in the GUI. After the operation, logout and login as normal user.
You should not encourage people to do this. It is the "Windows way" and is the direct cause of the huge problems with spyware, virii, trojans, zombies, and etc that currently plague the 'net.

Logging into the GUI as root is something that no one should ever do.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 07:47 AM   #9
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Hey, how do i login as a GUI?
 
Old 02-28-2005, 08:12 AM   #10
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Hey, how do i login as a GUI?
It is a bad practice. Do not attempt to establish this habit.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 09:11 AM   #11
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Hey there
I use a prog called krusader which is a twin pane file manager. You can run it as root and then drag and drop flies from one dir to another, great.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 10:36 PM   #12
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Originally posted by jiml8
You should not encourage people to do this. It is the "Windows way" and is the direct cause of the huge problems with spyware, virii, trojans, zombies, and etc that currently plague the 'net.

Logging into the GUI as root is something that no one should ever do.
I login as root in the GUI at the moment that I have to do things that I don't have (sufficient) knowledge of (e.g setup firewall, modify users). After that, out and become a normal user again.
I kinow it's not advised, but I don't see what I do wrong this way.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 05:24 AM   #13
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I kinow it's not advised, but I don't see what I do wrong this way.
You expose your entire system to compromise and corruption. just like in Windows. The fact that linux and unix systems are not badly corrupted on the whole has everything to do with the idea that you never log on as root, and you only establish root sessions when necessary and close them when you are done.

Those that say that linux and unix haven't been attacked because they are not as widespread as Windows simply don't know what they are talking about; the majority of the internet runs on *nix - this is what all of the backbone, most of the routers, and the majority of the webhosters run. *nix systems can certainly be compromised, but it is a whole lot harder to do than with Windows because system access is limited by the user rights.

When you log into the gui as root, and do things like surf the web as root to obtain information, you just leave your system wide open to attack.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 07:03 AM   #14
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First of all, what does GUI and root mean? From then, ... how do I do that? Thanks
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Old 03-01-2005, 09:01 AM   #15
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... and you only establish root sessions when necessary and close them when you are done.
That is exactly what I said: login, do what you have to do and log off when done.
 
  


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