System Administration Guide: Advanced Administration
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Chapter 19

Troubleshooting File Access Problems (Tasks)

This chapter provides information on resolving file access problems such as those related to incorrect permissions and search paths.

This is a list of troubleshooting topics in this chapter.

Users frequently experience problems, and call on a system administrator for help, because they cannot access a program, a file, or a directory that they could previously use.

Whenever you encounter such a problem, investigate one of three areas:

  • The user's search path may have been changed, or the directories in the search path may not be in the proper order.

  • The file or directory may not have the proper permissions or ownership.

  • The configuration of a system accessed over the network may have changed.

This chapter briefly describes how to recognize problems in each of these three areas and suggests possible solutions.

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