Problems restoring Home Folder

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by moez, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. moez macrumors regular

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    Ok so I have a BIG problem:

    I backed up my home foler (namely Documents and Desktop folder) on my Leopard 10.4.10. Its in an external hard drive with Journalled format (same as Mac uses). The thing is, now I am using a Linux box and I cant access the folder. There is an X marked on the folder and says I do not have the rights to access it.

    Could something be done so that I have 'access' again, using either Linux or Mac. I did not had FileVault enabled and all my files were in those two folder.

    Thanks
     
  2. inkswamp macrumors 68030

    inkswamp

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    If it's a permissions issue (which it sounds like) you should be able to use chown on the command line to assume ownership of the files. Without knowing what your account/user name (or numeric id) is, I can't give you the specific command to run, but it will look something like this:

    chown -R yourname /path/to/home/folder/on/external/drive/

    EDIT: you need to run that under a privileged account or using su.
     
  3. moez thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi

    Thanks for your help. I used the command but the thing is that since the hard drive is Journaled file system, I am getting the error
    Code:
    chown: changing ownership of `/media/Aether/': Read-only file system
    

    Any ways to get around that?

    Thanks again :)
     
  4. inkswamp macrumors 68030

    inkswamp

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    Are you sure you're doing it under a privileged account? It should work if you have admin privileges. You might have to try the root account. I'm not sure how to access the root account under Linux, but doing it that way may work.

    AFAIK, being a journaled drive shouldn't have an effect on this. I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem likely.
     
  5. moez thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm... I guess Linux cannot write to HFS file system (is read only) so maybe thats why.

    Worked perrfectly well on my MBP. Thanks for your help :)
     

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