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Old 03-08-2001, 10:05 AM   #1
Citizen Bleys
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I created a second account on my newly-set up Linux OS so that I wouldn't have to be logged in as root all of the time, but I can't access the hard drive as that user--I've tried to make the second account ("citizenbleys") a part of every user group in the "User Administration" panel, but it still doesn't have access to the hard disks; I can get at whatever's on a floppy or a CD-ROM, but I can't get at /home/citizenbleys/, or for that matter / or hda1 (my Windows FAT32 drive).
Old 03-08-2001, 02:43 PM   #2
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What distribution and version of Linux are you using and how did you go about setting up the other user? What steps specifically did you take?
Old 03-09-2001, 05:59 AM   #3
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Corel Linux (6.0?), and I went into the User Management application (I can't remember what it's called; I'm away from my own computer right now) and clicked "Add new user". I named it "citizenbleys", and then under the "groups" tab, I made that account part of the group "root"; When I shut down and restart, citizenbleys was listed as a Super User on the login box (With the 3 existing users in a drop-down box), but the "System" part of the file manager was simply absent.

I could still read the CD-ROM and floppy drives, though.
Old 03-09-2001, 06:20 AM   #4
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Try doing it manually with the /etc/passwd file and /etc/groups. Sometimes its good to not have your regular users accounts not with the equivalent power of root. You can always su into root when needed or use sudo.


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