.config/nautilus-actions directory is not readable by user - breaks backup programmes

Asked by Tobias on 2012-04-26

the config directory

.config/nautilus-actions has on my system the rights


That does not make sense to me. Does it to somebody?
It means: I can not read the content but anybody else would, (if they could read .config)

While I can read the content of the file, iff I know the name of the file, i.e. nautilus-actions.conf
Or I can easily chmod it to read the content, but I deleted the directory but it gets recreated the same way.

This should not be happening within my own home-dir, right?

Problem: My backup-script or using backintime fails because of these read-errors...

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sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.config

and you will be the owner of the folder as you are supposed to be.

Tobias (ulbricht-tobias) said : #2

Thanks again for your answer, actionparsnip,

well lets put it this way: Either it is a bug, or this is only happening
on my system.
Of course, I can fix it for my home-dir, but new users on a system or
anybody else will run into this, if nobody corrects the code for
Or, it is intended, but I don't see why this should be intended by the

Am 26.04.2012 20:20, schrieb actionparsnip:
> Your question #194838 on nautilus-actions in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus-actions/+question/194838
> Status: Open => Answered
> actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> run:
> sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.config
> and you will be the owner of the folder as you are supposed to be.

Did the command fix it? You should be the owner of ALL of your home folder contents.

Tobias, you are not alone. This happens to me as well. I believe this is a bug.

Actionparsnip: The problem is not *ownership* of the directory, but permissions. A chown will not fix this problem.

$ ls -ld ~/.config/nautilus-actions/
d-wxr-xr-T 2 stefanl stefanl 4096 May 10 08:55 /home/stefanl/.config/nautilus-actions/
$ ls -l ~/.config/nautilus-actions/
ls: cannot open directory /home/stefanl/.config/nautilus-actions/: Permission denied

This is a directory within the home directory which is not readable by the owner. This seems wrong.

In my case, the "Backup" application (deja-dup) is complaining that it cannot backup this directory.

In fact, a simple find can reveal this problem:

$ find . >/dev/null
find: `./.config/nautilus-actions': Permission denied


sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.config

Actionparsnip: Your chown command will change the *ownership* of the files, which is not the problem here. The problem here is with *permissions* of the directory, specifically that there is no read bit set for the user on this particular directory.

Yes, a workaround is to simply `chmod u+r $HOME/.config/nautilus-actions/`. But who knows what that will break. Why were the permissions set this odd way in the first place?

In any event, I filed a bug report about this. We can probably close this question.


could run:

cp -a $HOME/.config/nautilus-actions $HOME/.config/nautilus-actionsOld
sudo chmod -R u+w $HOME/.config/nautilus-actions


I have this problem too, which broke my backintime backup. Doing "chmod u+r $HOME/.config/nautilus-actions/" resolved the problem, but I don't think this will have any problematic side effect -- configuration directory in user's home are supposed to be readable by the user!

Same on my system. Pops up because Ubuntu Backup can not access the file.

bjd (bjd-xs4all) said : #11

Had this bug as well.
Glad to assist.

linfidel (linfidel) said : #12

I don't understand this at all. Putting aside the why... I am the owner, who has write but not read permission, and I am in the group, which has read but not write permissions. So, why can't I read and write to this directory? It seems that I should be allowed both being in the group.

I notice that the sticky bit is set, but I don't think that matters, but again, I wonder why this file is so special.

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