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  1. #1

    Default Cannot change directories

    Hi, I'm anew Suse user.
    I have openSUSE 11.3. I logged in as root in the konsole and I can't change the directories in the home folder, for example I write "cd /home/java" and I get "No such file or directory" (and the directory exists).
    Also I can't copy or paste anything in the folders in "Root" from the GUI.
    Any help?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

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    Post the output to the following:

    ls -l /home

    Good luck.






    On 03/24/2011 07:36 AM, sharky02 wrote:
    >
    > Hi, I'm anew Suse user.
    > I have openSUSE 11.3. I logged in as root in the konsole and I can't
    > change the directories in the home folder, for example I write "cd
    > /home/java" and I get "No such file or directory" (and the directory
    > exists).
    > Also I can't copy or paste anything in the folders in "Root" from the
    > GUI.
    > Any help?
    > Thank you.
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    ab wrote:
    > Post the output to the following:
    >
    > ls -l /home
    >
    > Good luck.


    Or even

    ls -la /home

    and

    df -h

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    Quote Originally Posted by sharky02 View Post
    Hi, I'm anew Suse user.
    I have openSUSE 11.3. I logged in as root in the konsole and I can't change the directories in the home folder, for example I write "cd /home/java" and I get "No such file or directory" (and the directory exists).
    Also I can't copy or paste anything in the folders in "Root" from the GUI.
    Any help?
    Thank you.
    The previous posts about posting directory and file permissions are on point.

    I'll add that I've also faced various permission issues using Dolphin in the past, usually doing file operations on a NTFS file system created in Windows... but have been able to perform the same operations from the CLI... and despite fiddling around with permissions both as root and remounting in Windows.

    So, have resigned myself to just doing those operations from the CLI.

    As for your changing to your java directory, IIRC normally that directory is hidden. You probably need to "unhide" your hidden directories and files...

    HTH,
    Tony

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    Hm, /home/java means normaly that there is a user installed with username java.

    Inside my home diretory:
    Code:
    henk@boven:~> l java
    ls: kan geen toegang krijgen tot java: Bestand of map bestaat niet
    henk@boven:~> l .java
    totaal 12
    drwxr-xr-x  3 henk wij 4096 sep  6  2007 ./
    drwxr-xr-x 76 henk wij 4096 mrt 24 15:56 ../
    drwxr-xr-x  8 henk wij 4096 dec  7  2007 deployment/
    henk@boven:~>
    My conclusion: in most systems there is no /home/java, in most systems there is no /home/<user>/java, in most systems there is /home/<user>/.java.

    Thus @sharky02, you conclusion
    for example I write "cd /home/java" and I get "No such file or directory" (and the directory exists).
    is a bit strange. Please PROVE that /home/java exists, not by saying so but by showing the computer output of e.g. an appropriate ls statement.

    It might also be interesting to see other examples where you prefarably show the ls and cd statements both in the same computer output.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    Hi,
    thanks for the replies.
    My user name is systemfailure.
    Interestingly, this time when I logged in as root my username was displayed as linux:/home/systemfailure # instead of linux:/home #.
    The problem persists, however.
    Yes, I do have a /home/<user>/java directory, I created it myself to put the JRE .bin file into it.
    Here are all commands you mentioned, as you can see I can't go into either /java or /Downloads.

    Code:
    systemfailure@linux:~> su
    Password: 
    linux:/home/systemfailure # ls
    .adobe         Desktop     .esd_auth    .gnome2          .local       .ooo3        .pulse-cookie  .vimrc             .y2log
    .bash_history  .directory  .fontconfig  .gtkrc-2.0-kde4  logs         Pictures     .skel          .Xauthority        .y2usersettings
    .bashrc        .dmrc       .fonts       .hplip           .macromedia  .profile     .Skype         .xim.template
    bin            Documents   .fonts.conf  .inputrc         .marble      Public       Templates      .xine
    .config        Downloads   .gconf       java             .mozilla     public_html  .thumbnails    .xinitrc.template
    .dbus          .emacs      .gconfd      .kde4            Music        .pulse       Videos         .xsession-errors
    linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /java
    bash: cd: /java: No such file or directory
    linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /Downloads
    bash: cd: /Downloads: No such file or directory
    linux:/home/systemfailure # ls -l /home/systemfailure
    total 548
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:25 .adobe
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users   1497 2011-03-24 15:32 .bash_history
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users   1177 2011-03-22 22:33 .bashrc
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:34 bin
    drwxr-xr-x 5 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 13:21 .config
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .dbus
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:19 Desktop
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users     39 2011-03-22 23:47 .directory
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users     26 2011-03-22 22:35 .dmrc
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 14:37 Documents
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:32 Downloads
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users   1637 2011-03-22 22:33 .emacs
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users     16 2011-03-22 22:40 .esd_auth                                                                   
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:47 .fontconfig
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .fonts
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users    530 2011-03-23 13:20 .fonts.conf
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 22:04 .gconf
    drwx------ 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 22:05 .gconfd
    drwx------ 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .gnome2                                                                     
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users    338 2011-03-22 22:35 .gtkrc-2.0-kde4
    drwxr----- 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .hplip
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users    861 2011-03-22 22:33 .inputrc                                                                    
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:19 java                                                                        
    drwx------ 4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:09 .kde4
    drwxr-xr-x 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .local
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 09:59 logs
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:25 .macromedia
    drwxr-xr-x 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:45 .marble
    drwxr-xr-x 4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .mozilla
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 00:03 Music
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 23:20 .ooo3
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Pictures
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users   1028 2011-03-22 22:33 .profile
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Public
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:33 public_html
    drwx------ 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .pulse
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users    256 2011-03-22 22:36 .pulse-cookie
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .skel
    drwx------ 3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 22:30 .Skype
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Templates
    drwx------ 4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 08:23 .thumbnails
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Videos
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users   1002 2011-03-22 22:33 .vimrc
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users     99 2011-03-24 21:03 .Xauthority
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users   1940 2011-03-22 22:33 .xim.template
    drwxr-xr-x 2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 21:03 .xine
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 systemfailure users   1446 2011-03-22 22:33 .xinitrc.template
    -rw------- 1 systemfailure users 314820 2011-03-24 23:02 .xsession-errors
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users  47921 2011-03-24 13:19 .y2log
    -rw-r--r-- 1 systemfailure users    281 2011-03-24 13:17 .y2usersettings
    linux:/home/systemfailure # ls -la /home/systemfailure
    total 556
    drwxr-xr-x 34 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 23:02 .
    drwxr-xr-x  4 root          root    4096 2011-03-22 22:33 ..
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:25 .adobe
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users   1497 2011-03-24 15:32 .bash_history
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users   1177 2011-03-22 22:33 .bashrc
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:34 bin
    drwxr-xr-x  5 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 13:21 .config
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .dbus
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:19 Desktop
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users     39 2011-03-22 23:47 .directory
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users     26 2011-03-22 22:35 .dmrc
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 14:37 Documents
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:32 Downloads
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users   1637 2011-03-22 22:33 .emacs
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users     16 2011-03-22 22:40 .esd_auth
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:47 .fontconfig
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .fonts
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users    530 2011-03-23 13:20 .fonts.conf
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 22:04 .gconf
    drwx------  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 22:05 .gconfd
    drwx------  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .gnome2
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users    338 2011-03-22 22:35 .gtkrc-2.0-kde4drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 23:03 .Skype
    
    drwxr-----  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .hplip
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users    861 2011-03-22 22:33 .inputrc
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 14:19 java
    drwx------  4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:09 .kde4
    drwxr-xr-x  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .local
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 09:59 logs
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:25 .macromedia
    drwxr-xr-x  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 23:45 .marble
    drwxr-xr-x  4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .mozilla
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 00:03 Music
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 23:20 .ooo3
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Pictures
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users   1028 2011-03-22 22:33 .profile
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Public
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:33 public_html
    drwx------  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:36 .pulse
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users    256 2011-03-22 22:36 .pulse-cookielinux:/home/systemfailure #
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 .skel
    drwx------  3 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 23:03 .Skype
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Templates
    drwx------  4 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-23 08:23 .thumbnails
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-22 22:35 Videos
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users   1002 2011-03-22 22:33 .vimrc
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users     99 2011-03-24 21:03 .Xauthority
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users   1940 2011-03-22 22:33 .xim.template
    drwxr-xr-x  2 systemfailure users   4096 2011-03-24 21:03 .xine
    -rwxr-xr-x  1 systemfailure users   1446 2011-03-22 22:33 .xinitrc.template
    -rw-------  1 systemfailure users 314820 2011-03-24 23:02 .xsession-errors
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users  47921 2011-03-24 13:19 .y2log
    -rw-r--r--  1 systemfailure users    281 2011-03-24 13:17 .y2usersettings
    linux:/home/systemfailure # df -h
    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda6              16G  3.3G   12G  23% /
    devtmpfs              467M  212K  467M   1% /dev
    tmpfs                 467M  4.0K  467M   1% /dev/shm
    /dev/sda7              23G  525M   21G   3% /home
    /dev/sda1             100M   25M   76M  25% /windows/C
    /dev/sda2              72G   52G   21G  72% /windows/D
    linux:/home/systemfailure #

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    Never mind, figured it out. The syntax was wrong.
    Told you I'm a newbie.

    The issue with not being able to create folders/copy/paste in "Root" with Dolphin still stands though. Do you know how can I do this without konsole?
    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    On 03/24/2011 10:36 PM, sharky02 wrote:
    >
    > Yes, I do have a /home/<user>/java directory, I created it myself to
    > put the JRE .bin file into it.


    why would you want to put the JRE in a directory in your home?
    you are trying to do it the way you did it in another system...Linux
    is not that system and you can not do things here, their way..

    to install Java open YaST, go to Software Management, search on Java
    and left click on the Java you want....i strongly sugges to install
    the Sun Java and not the openJava..


    > Here are all commands you mentioned, as you can see I can't go into
    > either /java or /Downloads
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /java
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /Downloads


    you *can* go to /home/systemfailure/java directory, but you can NOT do
    it by asking to go to /java, because those two are very different places

    so try this, as yourself...you do NOT have to be root to do this:

    cd /home/systemfailure/java
    or
    /home/systemfailure/Downloads

    and you will go right in


    > systemfailure@linux:~> su
    > Password:
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # ls
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # ls -l /home/systemfailure
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # ls -la /home/systemfailure



    you did not give the requested output from:

    ls -l /home
    ls -la /home

    instead you gave the results of three which no one asked for:

    ls
    ls -l /home/systemfailure
    ls -la /home/systemfailure

    and, no one asked you to do it as root...

    it is VERY important to be VERY precise here...otherwise you will
    eventually learn that one wrong typo as root can kill your whole
    system...so do things as root only when required....*only*


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    173.14.28 3D, Athlon 64 3000+]
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    to undo the problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

  9. #9

    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    On 03/24/2011 01:36 PM, sharky02 wrote:

    > linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /java


    If your working directory is /home/systemfailure, the above command
    won't take you to /home/systemfailure/java because of the slash at the
    beginning of '/java'. What you want to say is:
    cd java

    Saying 'cd /java' is telling the system to go to the root of the drive.
    Sort of like saying
    Code:
    'cd c:\java'
    when you're trying to
    'cd c:\documents and settings\systemfailure\java'

    > bash: cd: /java: No such file or directory
    > linux:/home/systemfailure # cd /Downloads
    > bash: cd: /Downloads: No such file or directory


    Do this:
    cd \
    ls -l

    See, no java or Downloads directories. If you preceed a directory name
    with a / you have to give the full path to the sub-directory. If you're
    already in a subdirectory you just pass the name of the directory one
    level deeper w/o a slash. Or you can say ./ instead. The ./ means
    "this directory" so saying
    cd ./java
    would mean cd into the directory called java relative to the current
    directory.

    Hope that helps...

    --
    Kevin Miller
    Juneau, Alaska
    http://www.alaska.net/~atftb
    "In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car."
    - Lawrence Summers

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    Default Re: Cannot change directories

    On 03/24/2011 01:36 PM, sharky02 wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    > thanks for the replies.
    > My user name is systemfailure.
    > Interestingly, this time when I logged in as root my username was
    > displayed as linux:/home/systemfailure # instead of linux:/home #.
    > The problem persists, however.
    > Yes, I do have a /home/<user>/java directory, I created it myself to
    > put the JRE .bin file into it.
    > Here are all commands you mentioned, as you can see I can't go into
    > either /java or /Downloads.


    Oh - one more thing. When you install a package, it will generally put
    it in the right location itself. No need to create directories in funny
    places. By convention, when you download the source for something and
    want to make it globally accessible you can stash it in /usr/local/src
    (or a directory under there).

    For binary files, a common place to put them is /opt/bin if they're not
    a standard part of your distro. If they came from your distro's package
    manager you'll probably find them installed in /bin or /usr/local/bin.

    ....Kevin
    --
    Kevin Miller
    Juneau, Alaska
    http://www.alaska.net/~atftb
    "In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car."
    - Lawrence Summers

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