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Thread: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?

  1. #1
    arcull NNTP User

    Default Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    Hi everyone. I have suse 11.1 with kde 4.1. I'm new to this plasma thing
    that appears on desktop. All I'm trying to acchieve is to change the
    icon of one shortcut residing in "Desktop Folder", but I can't ufff,
    when I try to press apply it says "Could not save properties. You do not
    have sufficient access to write to
    /home/jani/Desktop/VirtualBox.desktop.", ok so I check:
    Code:
    --------------------
    jani@linux-e685:~/Desktop> dir
    total 20
    -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 283 2009-01-30 15:37 MozillaFirefox.desktop
    -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 123 2009-01-30 15:37 myComputer.desktop
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 40 2009-01-30 15:52 nxclient.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/nxclient.desktop
    -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 334 2009-01-30 15:37 Office.desktop
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 37 2009-01-30 15:50 opera.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/opera.desktop
    -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 140 2009-01-30 15:37 Support.desktop
    -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 260 2009-01-30 15:37 SuSE.desktop
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 42 2009-02-03 18:43 VirtualBox.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/VirtualBox.desktop

    --------------------
    So, I am the owner of the link and have write permissions, now I check
    the file to which the link points:
    Code:
    --------------------
    jani@linux-e685:/usr/share/applications> dir Virtual*
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 494 2009-01-22 19:16 VirtualBox.desktop

    --------------------
    The result is the same, why don't I have permission to modify the icon,
    grrr? Thanks for any advice.


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  2. #2
    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?

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    The result on the destination of the link isn't the same at all.... only
    'root' has write rights, and you're not 'root' (which is good). Either
    become root temporarily to change that or change rights on that file so
    anybody can modify it (you'll need to change rights as 'root') or just
    copy the file to your desktop and lose the softlink completely and then
    you can tinker any way you like.

    Good luck.





    arcull wrote:
    > Hi everyone. I have suse 11.1 with kde 4.1. I'm new to this plasma thing
    > that appears on desktop. All I'm trying to acchieve is to change the
    > icon of one shortcut residing in "Desktop Folder", but I can't ufff,
    > when I try to press apply it says "Could not save properties. You do not
    > have sufficient access to write to
    > /home/jani/Desktop/VirtualBox.desktop.", ok so I check:
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > jani@linux-e685:~/Desktop> dir
    > total 20
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 283 2009-01-30 15:37 MozillaFirefox.desktop
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 123 2009-01-30 15:37 myComputer.desktop
    > lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 40 2009-01-30 15:52 nxclient.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/nxclient.desktop
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 334 2009-01-30 15:37 Office.desktop
    > lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 37 2009-01-30 15:50 opera.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/opera.desktop
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 140 2009-01-30 15:37 Support.desktop
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 jani users 260 2009-01-30 15:37 SuSE.desktop
    > lrwxrwxrwx 1 jani users 42 2009-02-03 18:43 VirtualBox.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/VirtualBox.desktop
    >
    > --------------------
    > So, I am the owner of the link and have write permissions, now I check
    > the file to which the link points:
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > jani@linux-e685:/usr/share/applications> dir Virtual*
    > -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 494 2009-01-22 19:16 VirtualBox.desktop
    >
    > --------------------
    > The result is the same, why don't I have permission to modify the icon,
    > grrr? Thanks for any advice.
    >
    >

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  3. #3
    arcull NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    Yes, you're right ab@novell.com, I'm sorry I've overlooked the owner of
    the file was root and not me. Ok I can can add the "w" rights to group
    and others, but what about changing the owner via chown to my username?
    Could that have any bad consequences? Thanks again.


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  4. #4
    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?

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    Sure it could.... other users on your system won't have access anymore.
    If you're the only user, though, that's less-bad. Also packages that
    update that file may replace everything and undo it for you. Making the
    group able to write that file along won't help you as you're not a
    member of the 'root' group unless you've modified things.

    Good luck.





    arcull wrote:
    > Yes, you're right ab@novell.com, I'm sorry I've overlooked the owner of
    > the file was root and not me. Ok I can can add the "w" rights to group
    > and others, but what about changing the owner via chown to my username?
    > Could that have any bad consequences? Thanks again.
    >
    >

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  5. #5
    arcull NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    I got the point, thanks


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  6. #6
    Ecky NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    ab@novell.com;1938416 Wrote:
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    > Sure it could.... other users on your system won't have access anymore.


    I know it's not my thread or anything but I have to ask as that doesn't
    make complete sense to me

    Why would other users need access to a specific user's desktop
    shortcuts?


    Still using kde 3.5 myself so I don't know a lot about kde 4/4.1/4.2,
    is the plasma thinger on the desktop an 'all users' thing then or is it
    a 'per user' one?

    I would expect any changes a particular user made to it would only be
    reflected in that user's account, am I wrong there?

    It's of interest to me because I tried making a custom menu of 'most
    popular app' shortcuts that could be available to all users and failed,
    got no replies when I asked about it here


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  7. #7
    arcull NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    Yes, I gues the icons on the desktop folder (even if plasma) are owned
    by the user by default. But I my case the shortcut to VirtualBox is just
    the symbolic link to the application
    /usr/share/applications/VirtualBox.desktop, which unfortunately is owned
    by root, since it the application VirtualBox was installed as root, I
    did just pull the icon to my desktop, but that does not grant me
    permissions to make any changes to it, since it inherits permisions from
    the file it points to. If I'm wrong, correct me


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  8. #8
    Ecky NNTP User

    Default Re: Don't have permissions to my own desktop?


    Ah I see

    Might be easier for yourself next time to find the icon on your suse or
    kmenu, right-click on it and click Add to Desktop


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