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Solaris™ Operating Environment System Administrator’s Guide, Fourth Edition by Janice Winsor

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Chapter 12. Recognizing File Access Problems

This chapter describes how to recognize problems with search paths, permissions, and ownership.

Users frequently experience problems—and call on a system administrator for help—because they cannot access a program, a file, or a directory that they could formerly access. Whenever you encounter such a problem, investigate one of the following areas.

  • The user’s search path may have been changed.

  • The directories in the search path may not be in the proper order.

  • The file or directory may not have the proper permissions or ownership.

This chapter briefly describes how to recognize problems in each of these areas and suggests possible solutions.

Recognizing Problems with Search Paths

If a user types a command that ...

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