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accessing files in linux

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by Danmurph, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Danmurph

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    Hi guys,

    I got a copy of fedora installed and shorewall installed. I have managed to edit the files by creating a second root user but am not happy doing this as everyone advises against it for security reason.
    How do I set either user privelages or file or folder permissions so I can edit the files without having to login with this root account. I just can't seem to do it, even if i su - in terminal I can read the file but seem to be able to edit it,

    Hope this makes sense, I am very new, but have to say enjoying it!:D

    Danny
     
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  2. ThomasMc

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    chmod and chown
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    never used chown before or Linux but in Unix if I remember correctly you would type chmod r name of file to read the contents of file or directory and linux is justa broken down version of Unix.
     
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  4. ThomasMc

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    You would use chown for owners and groups and chmod for permissions
     
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  5. Danmurph

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    I've tried this but with no joy, I just want to give the user access to the files in the shorewall to access/make changes and save, unless I'm logged in as root, I can't even see the files in the GUI interface
     
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  6. ThomasMc

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    Tell us the FULL command you used, makes it easyier to let you know where you went wrong.
     
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  7. Danmurph

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    sorry guys, I was trying to run before I could walk, sorted it with the chmod command, I am starting to really like this OS (being a strict windows user my whole life). Its so.........not windows!!
    Really is like a breath of fresh air :D
     
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