[plug] Help! Locked out my files with borked permissions, cannot access

Patrick Coleman blinken at gmail.com
Sat Feb 3 15:27:18 WST 2007

On 2/3/07, James Drysdale <drysdale at swiftdsl.com.au> wrote:
> G'day all,
> I am new to Linux, I have a Fedora Core 4 server with no GUI, console only.
> I have completely locked out the entire iTunes library which is shared
> by the family.
> No one can access it, even the owner.
> The path is *"/mnt/dir/dir/iTunes\ Music"
> *
> I performed a CHOWN to change the ownership to JAMES of group FAMILY.
> *"chown -R james:family /mnt/dir/dir/iTunes\ Music"
> *
> Then ran CHMOD to change the access permissions of the files.
> *"chmod -R + wrxug /mnt/dir/dir/iTunes\ Music"*
> Now no one on a remote computer can open the directory.
> There are 5 users, all in the groups USERS and FAMILY.
> And the root account of course.
> How do I set Linux to allow ANYONE to read, write & execute anything
> within the directory
> *"/mnt/dir/dir/iTunes\ Music"*
> I think my problem was with allowing access only by FAMILY.
> There is a strange problem that allows FAMILY users to logon remotely,
> through SMB, but not locally at the machine itself.
> As a result, the only account that works is root.
> But I just need my files back for now, how do I do this???

Have you tried

chmod -R 777 /mnt/dir/dir/iTunes\ Music


This should at least give you access.


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