Underlying problems - was [Re: Permission issues - operator error?]
On 09/22/2018 08:34 AM, Richard Owlett wrote:
I'm assuming operator problem as I get same symptoms on:
two laptops each running different Debian releases (6.8, 9.1).
[both using MATE desktop]
two different media (32Gb USB flash, 240 Gb USB SSD).
Logged in as 'richard' I use Gparted (providing root password) to
repartition the drive. As I'm diagnosing problems I do a power off/on
cycle to force a cold boot.
After login in as either 'richard' or 'root' permissions are displayed
as "could not be determined".
The MATE tools do not act as I expected.
I followed the directions elsewhere in this thread concluding with
mkfs.ext4 -E root_owner=1000:1000 -L 2018Sept23tst1 /dev/sdb1
When I allow to auto-magically mount it and then double-click its icon
Caja displays an empty directory [as expected].
Clicking on the 'up arrow' [Open parent folder] an entity titled
"2018Sept23tst1" is displayed. Right-clicking on the title followed by
choosing Properties->Permissions shows it is owned by 'richard' of group
'richard' [as intended].
*HOWEVER* right-clicking on the desktop icon titled "2018Sept23tst1"
followed by choosing Properties->Permissions states that:
Permissions of "2018Sept23tst1" could not be determined.
As 'root' I copy a directory from a random partition of the hard drive.
Permissions for the directory and its contents are displayed as 'root'.
I change the folder ownership to 'richard' clicking on apply permissions
to enclosed files.
They enclosed directories and files are still owned by 'root' :<
I'll have to do more work to document. But I have higher priority problems.
Thanks to all.
With >50 years test/troubleshooting in various fields, do I have a blind
(P.S. I've even written test procedures - interesting experience ;)