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If you want a user with full admin powers, the thing to do is use sudo . (I'm linking to the Arch wiki as the easiest guide I know of. ...
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- 10-27-2009 #11
(I'm linking to the Arch wiki as the easiest guide I know of. Everything but how to install it should be applicable to any distro.)
You should either leave the root account alone or disable it. I don't know how Mandriva is setup, so you might run into issues disabling the root account.
- 10-27-2009 #12
To be honest I'm having a hard time fathoming this. However I just re installed it after some effort and now have new accounts with these permissions. Are they correct?
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 22:48 Desktop/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Documents/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Download/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Music/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Pictures/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Templates/
drwx------ 9 user user 4096 2009-10-27 22:56 tmp/
drwxr-xr-x 2 user user 4096 2009-10-27 21:32 Videos/
I am no longer getting that error, but managed to delete my entire Vista installation with all my files. But never mind.
I set up a partition with ext3 at about 150GB and a swap file partition at 4GB, but I'm not sure if Linux will use the swap file I made by default. It is not asking me for a swap file. I hope it uses it. What is happening there? Is there any way I can link it to it?
I also intend to put Vista back on the other 350GB on NTFS, and keep it this time.
- 10-27-2009 #13
Those are the default permissions, so far as I know. I think the issue before had something to do with how you created your user/admin accounts.
It sounds like you set up the paritioning scheme yourself? When you select your mount points, you can choose to mount a partition as swap - the system will set it up after that.
You can look at your /etc/fstab file to see where your partition are being mounted. For example, mine looks likeCode:
# # /etc/fstab: static file system information # # <file system> <dir> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> none /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0 none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 #/dev/cdrom /media/cd auto ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 #/dev/dvd /media/dvd auto ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 #/dev/fd0 /media/fl auto user,noauto 0 0 UUID=29a01537-e1cf-40fc-a011-bfc85d6b7881 swap swap defaults 0 0 UUID=2a2db825-a87a-49be-953c-9182a1ace47d /home ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1 UUID=79a75367-bca1-49c1-88fb-812d05174c4d / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1
- 10-28-2009 #14
i tried doing fstab from both user and admin i.e su and it says permission denied.
- 10-28-2009 #15
- 10-28-2009 #16
# Entry for /dev/sda1 :
UUID=e4a92487-f663-4909-bb0a-71477d42b421 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
# Entry for /dev/sda5 :
UUID=046a198c-9ea1-4b8a-a2f2-9292a5c78130 swap swap defaults 0 0
There is my file. I was trying to access it from the command line, sorry. So it looks to me like I did setup swap.
- 10-28-2009 #17
Linux uses text files for most all configuration. You can look at them from the command line, using for example, the cat command.
- 10-28-2009 #18
Thanks Reed9, I'm glad to be getting somewhere with your help.
Can you please tell me if those default permissions are safe and secure?