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Old 11-19-2003, 12:24 AM   #1
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help with chmod chown on cdrom copied files

Tell me, what am I missing here?

I've copied\burned my Evloution mail data to a cdrom. I then copied that data to new computer. When I try to access the files I get a message stating that there is a file lock\permission problem.

By using konqueror I can see that the files essentially have the same permissions as the cdrom (read only). Mind you the directories are setup correctly and I've tried to click the little 'set these values to all sub folders and files' but that doesn't seem to change anything. Since I'm too lazy to go to every file in the directory and modify it, isn't there some way to use chmod to churn through the directory and set all of the permissions? If so, point me in the right direction.

Since this is my home computer I'm sure I could do one of those 'chmod 777 -R /home/me/evolution/*' type of commands. I'd prefer to set it just for my account though (sort of a learning thang). WIll I need to su to root or will I have 'root-like' access over all files in my /home directory?
Old 11-19-2003, 01:46 AM   #2
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Of course you know about the magic command 'man'? (as in 'man chmod')

chmod -R u+w /home/me/evolution/

You don't need to be root if the files are already owned by you. You can see if they are by the command 'ls -l'

Old 11-19-2003, 01:48 AM   #3
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After playing around in konqueror I found that I could change the directory settings to something different, then force those changes, then set them back to what they should be, and then force those again (using the 'apply changes to all directories and their content' option). So I can now use Evolution again.

Still, if anyone knows the command line for that I'd appreciate the knowledge...


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