Question

Permissions Corrupted: All users own everything.

Posted October 5, 2018 498 views
UbuntuInitial Server Setup

Recently logged into my droplet and found that sudo does not work. I reset the root password and ran into some other problems with ssh. After fixing those, I noticed the permissions listed with “ls -l /” show my username as both owner and group for all files. I would have thought I accidentally chowned the root folder, but it seems to be something stranger. I logged in with a different account and it shows that user as the owner and group. So user1 sees user1:user1 owns everything and user2 sees user2:user2 owns everything. What could cause this?

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Try booting into recovery mode and pick the Check Filesystem option. Let it complete and see if that helps.

Can you copy/paste the content of /etc/passwd? Also can you show the listing of this command:

ls -antlr /
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