[sf-lug] todays meeting at enchanted cafe

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Jan 3 13:56:11 PST 2011

Quoting Jim Stockford (jim at well.com):

>    i believe part of the problem is that earlier 
> releases of a distro set the default admin user 
> to have a UID of 500 and later releases set it 
> to 1000. 

More than likely so.  However, _why_ the distro changed its policy and
the specific UID changed to is really baside the point.  The point is,
it's really easy to fix.

$ sudo bash
# chown -R bliss /home/bliss

The '-R' is for 'recursive'.

If the group number is also changed, the fix is similar.  I don't
remember offhand what groups scheme Ubuntu uses.  If there are per-user
groups as with most Unixes, then you can fix both the group and user
ownerships with one command at the same time:

# chown -R bliss:bliss /home/bliss

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