Bug 99562 - Installer does not correctly change ownership of files in /home
Installer does not correctly change ownership of files in /home
Product: Red Hat Linux Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: firstboot (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Brent Fox
Mike McLean
: 124211 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2003-07-21 16:58 EDT by Michael McCabe
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:55 EDT (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-09-10 17:10:06 EDT
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Description Michael McCabe 2003-07-21 16:58:29 EDT
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Description of problem:
After I installed the beta ownership on all of the files for the users that
existed in previous Redhat Installation had to be changed unlike previous
versions. I reinstalled on a 2nd machine and the same error occured. The first
machine was running Debian and the 2nd machine was running redhat 9.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Do a fresh installation and add the same users that are in /home

Actual Results:  Received an error message that I couldn't write to the .gconf

Expected Results:  The ownership on the files should have been changed

Additional info:
Comment 1 Brent Fox 2003-07-22 16:58:20 EDT
I'm trying to understand...you did a new install on a system that already had a
version of Linux on it.  You had a /home partition that you did not reformat,
and you created a user in firstboot who already had a home directory in /home. 
Is that right?
Comment 2 Michael McCabe 2003-07-22 20:23:25 EDT
Yes when I created the user in firstboot it did not change the ownership of  the
user's home directory.  
Comment 3 Brent Fox 2003-07-23 15:53:36 EDT
Did you not add the users back in the same order that they were originally
created in?
Comment 4 Brent Fox 2003-09-10 17:10:06 EDT
Closing as 'notabug'.  I don't think that either firstboot or the installer
should ever be changing ownership of files.
Comment 5 Brent Fox 2004-05-25 11:48:16 EDT
*** Bug 124211 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Ricky Ng-Adam 2004-05-26 12:09:24 EDT
Why shouldn't firstboot change the ownership of files? This leads to
an error when the desktop environment comes up!!

Why not do this at firstboot, when a user is added:

1) check if ownership of /home/user is user:user
2) if not same, popup dialog:

"Your newly added user home directory already exist and has ownership
different then user:user.  This will prevent the desktop environment
from starting correctly.  Do you want to changes those permissions for
the directory and subdirectories? [Change] [Keep as same]"

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