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Usermod or passwd for UID change <=F16

asked 2011-11-21 11:01:18 -0500

Frankly3D gravatar image

usermod -u "user" doesn't seem to do anything else. If I change /etc/passwd. 1000:1000 chown -R /home/user I'm left with a lot of .hidden files that give me no permission. and stuff won't start thunar etc.

I just don't want to reinstall every box as it hist F16. Have F14/15/16/Rawhide real and vm.

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answered 2011-11-21 12:06:15 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

To change perms of the hidden files, may be you could try a hack like so (as root):

$ find ~user/ -name ".*" -type d -exec chown -R user:group '{}' \;

I've seen that find works on hidden dirs, so this might just work.

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answered 2011-11-23 11:03:33 -0500

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updated 2011-11-23 14:03:51 -0500

I'd use find too but there are typos in FranciscoD's answer.

It should start with:

find -user OLD_USER_NUMBER -name ".*" -type d

Also, xargs is a more generally useful tool than find's -exec option so I'd use:

find -user OLD_USER_NUMBER -name ".*" -type d | xargs -I {} chown -R USER:GROUP '{}'

Thanks to FranciscoD for pointing out that find will have to be given the old, numeric user ID (OLD USER NUMBER) and not the new USER

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by ~user I meant ~ankur = /home/ankur, not the -user option ;)

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2011-11-23 12:31:14 -0500 )edit

Erm, I just noticed: Wouldn't using -user not work? Since his files have wrong ownerships and permissions?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2011-11-23 12:32:27 -0500 )edit

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