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  1. #1

    why am I not the owner?

    I installed mandriva 2009 32-bit and I am locked out of some files says I am not the owner how can I change this?

  2. #2
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Tucson AZ
    What kind of files? Most system files are owned by "root" and you need to log in as root to make changes. Files in your /home/username directory should all be owned by you. Are there any specific files you are referring to? Login as root in terminal/konsole window by typing "su" or "su -" (without quotes) and entering password.

  3. #3
    I downloaded the firefox 3.1b2 tar.bz2 and I cannot install it it has a "lock" icon when I try to move to trash it says I do not have permission to do this I've been having a problem with this install

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  5. #4
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    Oct 2006
    Surrey, UK
    Right click on the file and select Properties

    Select the permissions tab and see who owns the file. If it is not owned by you then:

    open up a command window
    become root (su)
    change the owner with chown <your-user-name> firefox*


  6. #5

    thank you

    that did the trick

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