Thanks Old Polack again. Here is the output of the last command: drwxr-xr-x 3 eric root 4096 1969-12-31 18:00 disk/
drwxrwxrwx 11 eric eric 4096 2010-09-18 13:36 disk-1/
Also in dolphin it says I own this disk now.
You have to forgive me on why I was leaving the brackets on. I was just following syntax as I interpreted it.
You are the first person to show me how to use this command in plain english instead of some where I have seen it as chmod #777 blah blah blah.
Again thanks for the easy button. Any command line good reads? I have the linux bible, but isn't very good. It jumps around between different versions of linux too much.
If I may be allowed a bit of immodesty, If you click on my profile, then at the bottom, Show the last posts of this person,
you'll find 359 pages of my posts, with a large percentage covering terminal commands with in depth explanations, given to real members of this community as we troubleshoot real problems on their machines. Some of them are addressed to members every bit as new to this, at the time, as you are now, leading them step by step through processes many long term, advanced users fear to tread, and reaching a successful repair of their system. Clicking the last entry in the path following the number of the post, will put you in the thread it was posted to. You can then start at the first page of that thread to put the series of posts into context.
There's a bunch of silliness in there too, as well as some in depth foolishness, but the commands used to systematically troubleshoot some very serious problems show up time and again, and coupled with the context of the various threads give far better examples of how the commands are used, what is expected of the commands, and what they reveal as regards a path to a solution than you'll find in most books. There's nothing like a real world problem, being systematically probed until it's solved, to give you a proper feeling of how the commands can be of use to you. If someone types the command wrong, you'll see the error, as well as the explanation of the typo itself, when the wrong results are posted back. Error messages actually mean something in Linux, giving real clues as to the individual path that is taken to arrive at where a problem originates, and then how to fix that problem. I seriously think that's as good a place to start as you'll find anywhere.
Sometimes a person gives up before the process is complete, and simply reinstalls his system, leaving the thread at a dead end. If you find such a thread, and the process, as far as it went, intrigues you, feel free to PM me and ask where I was headed. Include a link to the thread involved so I can read it and refresh my memory, and I'll explain as best I can.
You can also do this in the profiles of other members, so as you read various threads, and you see that someone appears to be proficient in a subject that has direct meaning/use for you, you can check out that persons past posts, to ascertain the depth of their knowledge on that subject, and other subjects as well, that you'll stumble across as you do your research. We have a lot of people here with great in depth knowledge in certain specific areas. We're not all experts on all subjects, but with our combined knowledge there's not much that we can't figure out. Best yet, from your point of view... none of us are bashful when it comes to sharing this knowledge. If we didn't like doing this, we wouldn't be here.
We were all lost newbies at some point, and in most cases someone more knowledgeable at the time offered help when it was needed. We repay that debt by following suit, helping those that are now where we once were. Sometimes we had to struggle very hard when there was simply no help available at all, and learn what was needed by trial and error. That can sometimes be down right traumatic, and we don't wish that hardship on any other person, so we smooth their path as we wish someone would have done for us. There is also an incredible satisfaction to seeing someone you've helped, in their earliest stages, who was sometimes on the verge of giving up, posting really expert help and advice to yet another newbie, a couple of years later. That's when I get the warm and fuzzies.