dj: Would you believe neither of the keyboards I own are young enough to have a pipe key?
Checked /mdm/.gvfs and it is owned by mdm read only, and has no other access.
Checked /mdm and it is owned by mdm read and write, all others are read only.
/lost+found is owned by root, read and write, no other access.
/mysql is owned by root, read and write, all other access read only.
Any sense there?
Holy Model M Keyboard, Batman! Don't know what I'd do without the pipe key or the less utility.
User root will always own everything from the root directory. Any files in /, as well as the /bin, /boot, /dev, /etc, /home, /initrd, /lib, /lost+found directories, etcetera, are owned by root. It's the nature of the *nix filesystem. However, root doesn't own every subdirectory, which is why /home/mdm and all subdirectories belong to you. You're only concerned with everything in /home/mdm and all files and subdirectories.
Uh-oh! Twilight zone alert!
Did Shut-down>Actions and left the Last(session) highlighted instead of checking IceWM manually, and it re-opened to the complete LXDE desktop. The LXDE Control Center works, I can change wallpaper. Something hogs the processor when Synaptic is called and a search there-in shows Task-LXDE is not installed. WT*?
task-lxde is a meta package that pulls in all required packages to get LXDE properly installed. However, when task-lxde is deleted or uninstalled, it doesn't uninstall the other packages.
In the GDM login screen, you need to choose IceWM manually, then answer Make Default Session.