lost+found folder

Asked by philip on 2008-06-22

why.........when i try to open the Lost+Found folderi get the following message -->You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "lost+found". who would have permission if not me????????? this is my computer!

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bhuvi (bhuvanesh) said : #1

you need to be root to view this folder.
try sudo nautilus in terminal and browse to the folder.
normally this folder won't have any files in it.
the use of this folder is when your system crashes or improperly shut down then when switch on your system ubuntu checks the file system for errors and the recovered files are placed here

philip (philip-29) said : #2

thanks for the info........i thought i was in root just by logging in......i'm the only user of this computer.

philip (philip-29) said : #3

your right bhuvi...........there ain't nothing in there!

No your not root. Root is one of the ways Linux protects itself.
When you install stuff using synaptic for example it will ask you for your password.

Shane Fagan

By the way, if you want to know why the lost+found folder is there, it holds all the corrupted files that are found during an fsck check. So it is advisable that you don't mess with it.