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Old 06-04-2005, 02:11 PM   #1
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Permission Denied

Hi, I am brand new to linux, today in fact. I have installed the latest version of Ubuntu and have trouble. Whenever I try to create folders or put files into them I get the "Permission Denied" error box. Also when I press "Adminastrator Settings" or something it will freeze on loading. I am only guessing that this is to do with my type of user account? Any help will be so appreciated. Thanks.
Old 06-04-2005, 02:13 PM   #2
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You should be able to create any folders you like in your home directory and /tmp -- just about anywhere else you will need to have superuser priviliges. I'd suggest reading the Ubuntu documentation on sudo and user accounts.
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hi jamesvenning - welcome to LQ

you didn't specify which window manager you're using, or in which app you "clicked admin settings" - in any event, it would help for you to understand the basics of permissions. the GUI tools and user-friendly buttons are just front-ends. here's a good explanation:
Old 06-05-2005, 12:07 PM   #4
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For a start here is the information for the operating sys:

Ubuntu OS
KDE Version: 3.4.0
Linux Release: 2.6.10-5-386

The problem occurs mainly in the Control Center. Whenever I choose the option for Administrator Mode in all the available categories for it, the screen in the Control Center changes to "Loading" and stays like that or either displays nothing. I don't know if it maybe to do with my comp. The specs are as follows:

Master HDD: 80GB With Microsoft Windows XP Home
Slave HDD: 30GB With Ubuntu
Intel Celeron 2.7GHz

I will appreciate any information regarding the problem. Thanks.
Old 06-05-2005, 12:32 PM   #5
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Try starting up the KDE Control Center from the command line so you can actually get some verbose output to post back to us.

If you know what a console/terminal/xterm/kterm is, open it. If not:
click on the "K" menu and locate something that looks like an old monochrome monitor (a black screen monitor). Basically, do what you can to get a terminal window open in your desktop environment (KDE).

Then, type:

This should start the KDE Control Center.

From there go about your business, try clicking whatever you want, and the window that opened the control center should give some feedback on what's going on behind the scenes.

We want that info. Highlight it, and paste it in here so we can see if there are any obvious problems.



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