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Old 05-03-2008, 08:32 PM   #1
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pwd: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Pe

On my os (building from scratch)
in /root dir a common user run
pwd: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Permission denied

lynn@Linux-vserver:/root$ ls -ld /root
drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Apr 29 15:05 /root
lynn@Avct Linux-vserver:/root$
I know that a common user doesn't have access to /root dir
but in some populate distribution,it don't give above message

lynn@ Linux-vserver:/root$ bash --version
GNU bash, version 3.2.25(1)-release (i686-pc-linux-gnu)
Copyright (C) 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
lynn@Avct Linux-vserver:/root$

pwd commmand comes from shell

thanks for your help

Old 05-05-2008, 05:45 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I'm getting this. Are you saying a regular user who's current directory is "/root" is getting that error when issuing `pwd`? How is the user getting inside /root in the first place?

"Some popular distributions" don't set /root's permissions to 700 (as on your box) by default but rather 755 or such.


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