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Authored by: noworryz on Mar 12, '03 10:42:24PM

It's better to use the -RP option, so you don't follow any symbolic links. Enter the following in the terminal, copying the capitalization and spacing exactly:

sudo chown -RP $USER * .[^.]*
sudo chgrp -RP staff * .[^.]*
sudo chmod -RP u+rwX * .[^.]*

Then type ls -laF to see the effect you had. This will fix any problems with your home directory's visible and invisible files.

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