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Old 10-09-2009, 09:47 AM   #1
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Unhappy User Home Directory now owned bt Root

I am not at all sure what I did. While trying to set-up Samba for sharing files and folders I ended up with root becoming the owner of my user /home/ directory.

How can I fix this mess I made?

Old 10-09-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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chown it to your username?
Old 10-09-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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Unhappy Login error is about sharing

My mistake. I copied the Login Error and it reads:

User's $HOME/.dmrc file is being ignored. This prevents the default session and language from being saved. File should be owned by the user and have 644 permissions. User's $HOME directory must be owned by user and not writable by others.
All I can say is HUH??? Does this mean Linux will not allow me to share my directory? If so, why can't the $HOME directory be shared?

That's what I thought sharing was for. So, I would not have to remember a whole bunch of different directories and what was saved where.

So far, the SAMBA HowTo files do not match the default smb.conf file on my system. Even the smb man pages are different than what I see. They refer to sections and settings that don't exist and do not address the settings that do.

So I keep shooting myself in the foot with every change I try. The only thing I have been able to access across the network are my printers.

Every time I try to access the Network I keep being asked for a login and password. Nothing I type in works. I keep getting the error You must login to ****@WORKGROUP for Domain ****. There's got to be an easier way. This is too much like making Vista work with XP computers.
Old 10-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #4
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I don't use samba but my guess would be it runs as root??? And the root config file can't be in your home directory?
It should be in the /etc dir where most other root config files are stored. But no you can't share your $HOME directory unless you put Samba as a member of you $HOME group. I guess. Hell, I don't know. In 14 years of using Linux I don't beleive I have ever tried to run root programs out of my home directory. Of course if Samba doesn't run as root you can discard all the previous.
Old 10-09-2009, 03:52 PM   #5
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I don't believe I'm trying to run files from the root directory. I am just trying to figure out how to share the files in my User folders.

All I did was change the permissions for access to my '/home/user/' folders to share the files. How else are they shared? Nothing I have tried with Samba has worked. The folders remain unavailable to my Windows Computers.



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