[sf-lug] Tonight, Crick con't rise

jim jim at well.com
Mon Aug 18 11:00:59 PDT 2008

   i think it'll be best not to change the 
hostname: it's possible that some configuration 
file or another is using it. 
   i don't understand the need to change the 
username, either. 
   there's no relation between the hostname 
and the username. your host (computer) can be 
named "santy clause" and as long as all of 
the configuration files are properly updated, 
the system will work just fine for any 
username, including mikkimc.

   permissions is a matter of some username 
owning a file, some groupname associated with 
a file, and the association of read, write, 
and execute privileges for the owner as well 
as the group as well as everyone with a login 
on the machine who is not the owner and is 
not a member of the associated group. 
   use the Places menu and click the Home 
Folder choice. a new window should appear 
showing your login name and "File Browser" 
in the title bar. in the window you should 
see a list of your filenames. in the File 
Browser window click the View menu and in 
the View menu click the Visible Columns... 
choice. You should see a dialog box with 
checkboxes. click the Group, Owner, and 
Permissions checkboxes, close the dialog 
box, and reinspect the File Browser window. 
You should see new columns for the three 
   alternately, right-click any filename and 
in the right-click menu choose Properties. 
you'll see a Properties dialog box. click the 
Permissions tab and you'll see permissions 
for the owner, the group, and everyone else. 
In general, your files should be Read and 
write for the owner, Read-only for the group, 
and Read-only for everyone else. 

   Ubuntu defaults are usually fine. as the 
primary user you almost certainly have the 
ability to do all system management--when 
doing so the system will first present a 
dialog box asking for your login. 

   if you plan to change hard drives, you'll 
have to reinstall ubuntu all over again on 
the new hard drive (group: is there a shortcut  <---- 
for this?). 
   be sure to make backups of your files 
whether or not you change hard drives. 
you can just make copies to some other 
directory, or you can make copies to some 
other partition, or you can make copies to 
some removable media such as a CD-ROM, or 
you can make copies and store them on some 
internet site (your ISP may or may not 
allow this). 

   it seems to me common that people create 
their own problems by thinking in advance of 
learning. this is probably inevitable, but 
try to remember the warning: "am i 
anticipating something that doesn't exist?" 

On Mon, 2008-08-18 at 09:35 -0700, Mikki McGee wrote:
> Hi;
>     Well, I continue confused.  I haven't found the beginning of the 
> rosetta stone, that lets me interpret Ubuntu.  But gods willing and the 
> creeks don't rise, and Muni cooperates, I will be there tonight. 
>     I now feel that the previous goal is not wise.  I will leave this 
> 160g hard drive in here, until I learn more. No change in drives.
>      What is a 'small nagging problem' is understanding access, 
> permissions, and such. I may want to change either the name of the 
> computer ("Mikki McGee" ) or the user ('mikkimc') or both, for agreement 
> each with the other, so that I don't get locked out of files suddenly, 
> and can access some "root permission" ownerships.One item on the desktop 
> is a "root ownership" that I'd like to move. I already have moved all 
> importances but one from it.  I normally have the computer named 
> "mikkimc" as well as the username, but didn't understand what Daniel was 
> saying when we both were groggy.  So the computer got named Mikki McGee.
>     This issue has been bugging me, and may be the center of my lack of 
> understanding. It seems crystal to some, and to me it is muddy. 
>     I will try to get there quite early.  Get it over witn, so that you 
> can enjoy the fellowship of the meeting, perhaps.
> Bless All
> Mikki

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