[mythtv-users] Permission problem... mythtv user

A JM vbtalent at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 23:50:55 UTC 2007

On 1/10/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> On Jan 10, 2007, at 11:09 AM, A JM wrote:
> > On 1/10/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> >> Sounds like he manually created /home/mythtv as root not realizing
> >> that he simply created a directory, not a user. Realizing he had no
> >> mythtv user, he created it later and wondered why it didn't go
> >> through his entire filesystem structure and pick out any directories
> >> named mythtv and assigned them to that new user. At least, that's the
> >> scenario in my head. :)
> >
> > Well, I'm still learning linux as can be told by my mistypings and
> > poor linux vocabulary... sorry about that.
> Not a problem, but this isn't really related to mythtv - it's related
> to learning basic linux commands, so this discussion should probably
> take place on another mailing list.
> > I'm going to take a stab that #adduser wouldn't do a thing but give me
> > an error message on a FC6 box so I must have used #useradd mythtv
> > instead, becuse mythtv did exist as a user.
> >
> > When the user is added can you tell me what the default permissions
> > are for that user. I assume they would have read/write to their own
> > directory? Now that the user mythtv has a home folder /mythtv do I
> > need to change the permissions on the folder?
> If you add a user and the user's home directory is created by that
> action, that user has full permissions on that directory. However, if
> the directory is added manually, is has full permissions of the user
> who created the directory and will not change unless the user who
> created the directory changes it (or if root changes it since they
> have permission to change any directory). When you add a user and the
> user's home directory already exists, linux does not go through and
> change permissions. It assumes you have that directory set to those
> permissions for a reason and doesn't attempt to "fix" it for you.
> Microsoft would probably do that for you and break a bunch of things
> if you really did mean the directory to have the permissions you set
> on it. :)
> > So, let's assume for the sake of argument that I created a /mythtv
> > folder first then created a user mythtv shouldn't the GUI be able to
> > assign the user mythtv to the folder /mythtv if I make that change
> > from root?
> I hardly ever use the GUI so I'm not sure. I would guess there's a
> way to change it there, but you would have to be logged in (or
> authenticated) as root (see my above statement).
> > I would make the argument that it should be able to do that but it
> > didn't happened.... is it not the same as assigning the user a /home
> > folder if the folder reides in the /home directory, like /home/mythtv?
> Again, only the user who creates the directory has full permissions
> to the directory (by default) unless that user (or root) changes its
> permissions. The location (/ or /home or /whatever) has no bearing on
> this. /home is an arbitrary directory and is not limited to
> containing home directories. You can set your home directories to
> reside anywhere you like and you would still have the same issue.
> All this to say:
> Go to the terminal as root and type:
> chown -R mythtv.mythtv /home/mythtv
> That will set the owner (and group) of the /home/mythtv directory
> (and its children) to the mythtv user.
> This will ensure the mythtv user has full permissions over its home
> directory and anything contained within.
> -Brad
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Unfortunately I still have my problem, any other thoughts or ideas guys???

[mythtv at myth2 mythtv]$ mythtv-setup
mythtv-setup: error while loading shared libraries:
/usr/local/lib/libmythavcodec-0.20.so.0: cannot restore segment prot
after reloc: Permission denied

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