Solving File Access Problems
When users cannot access files or directories that they previously could access, the
permissions or ownership of the files or directories probably has changed.
Changing File and Group Ownerships
Frequently, file and directory ownerships change because someone edited the files as superuser. When
you create home directories for new users, be sure to make the
user the owner of the dot (.) file in the home directory. When
users do not own “.” they cannot create files in their own home directory.
Access problems can also arise when the group ownership changes or when a
group of which a user is a member is deleted from the
For information about how to change the permissions or ownership of a file
that you are having problems accessing, see Chapter 7, Controlling Access to Files (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Security Services.