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Old 08-19-2004, 12:01 AM   #1
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permissions and my network

I am a fairly new user to linux and a new user to! i installed linux just a couple of months ago and i am learning pretty well. but i am confused about a couple of things

i am trying to use my user account for everything, but i am having some trouble running programs, installing and updating programs under my user account. it prompts me that 'only root can do that' but i am wondering if there is a way to make the user capable of doing those things without the need or being root. i have found that when i install some programs under root, it installs them fine, but puts everything under the owner and group name root. and when i try and run it under my regular user account, i can't.

is there any way to correct this? its very annoying loggin in as root to run my programs, like yum and such.

also, i have a small network problem that i can't figure out.

the internet seems to work excellent for a given time, then it seems to 'fade away' and i loose most of my connection. it doesn't seem like it wants to keep its integrity and as a result, downloads incredibly slow, and sometimes, does nothing at all and times out.

i would greatly appreciate any input or suggestions that anyone might have. i am very open to learn so type whatever you want!
Old 08-19-2004, 03:22 AM   #2
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You could use sudo, look at 'man sudo' and visudo.
But you don't need to login as root, just switch to root in a consol with 'su'
What I do is making my games-directory writeable for all users, world-writeable places are a security risk but I don't care about that. Not on Internet very much, not very anxious either.

About networking problems: Do you have a wireless network? I have no solution, but very many have problems with wireless connections, both in Linux & Windows. It's still a bit too new I think. Anybody have suggestions?
Old 08-19-2004, 07:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions 'pingu'. i tired the su command, and that works great, but i still can't figure out how to do the simple stuff with my user account.

its kind of funny, i just tried emptying my trash can in my regular account, and it won't even let me do that. Any suggestions?? I'll try and do some things myself
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Chances are that you somehow did something in
your normal user accounts directories while you
were root.

The easiest fix should be a (done as root)
chown -R <username> /home/<username>
chmod -R u+w /home/<username>

Old 08-19-2004, 10:25 PM   #5
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Tinkster, thanks for the commands! everything seems to be working fine for now. i appreciate the answer.

learning linux that much more.


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