Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 137367
Error creating link when user has no rights in directory
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:53 EST
If there is a structure: /home/download
User "Internet" has no rights creating anything below /home, but has
all rights within the download directory.
Now, I (logged on as "Internet" user) like to see a Link to my
download directory at my Desktop.
I start Nautilus, navigate to /home, right click the download folder.
Click the "Make Link" option and....nothing happens.
What I would like to see is a popup, asking me where to store the Link.
Are you sure it didn't create a link called "link to download" in /home?
Fedora Core 3 and Fedora Core 4 are no longer supported. If you could retest
this issue on a current release or on the latest development / test version, we
would appreciate that. Otherwise, this bug will be marked as CANTFIX one month
from now. Thanks for your help and for your patience.
Thanks for the bug report. I tried reproducing this on my machine (Fedora
release 8, with package "nautilus-2.20.0-6.fc8"), but it appears that this is
not a bug, but a feature.
It there exists a directory "/home/download" and user/group "root:root" is the
owner of the "/home" directory :
[root@pavilion /]# ll -d /home/
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 2007-11-18 18:49 /home/
then my user-account has no rights to write in the "/home" directory directly.
When I (from the GNOME desktop) right-click on "/home/download" (see attached
file "screenshot-1.png") the option 'Make Link' stays greyed-out, because
Nautilus has no rights (... out of the box) to make a link of the directory
"/home/download" inside the "/home" directory.
But when I change the rights of the "/home" directory to my user-account then it
_is_ possible to select the option 'Make Link'.
To let Nautilus do what you want it to do in this case, you can use the middle
mouse-button (... or the scroll-wheel) and drag the "Download" folder to your
GNOME desktop and select 'Link Here' to create a link inside
"/home/Internet/Desktop" (see attached file "screenshot-2.png").
Created attachment 263051 [details]
Screenshot of 'right mouse-button on Download folder'
Created attachment 263061 [details]
Screenshot of 'dragging Download folder with middle mouse-button'