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A daemon process running as a special user has created files which only its user can read. The directory is owned by me and I have write access to the directory. Is there any way that I can read or copy the files without sudo rights?

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You do not have the permission to read it - therefore, you cannot read it.

You have permissions to change the directory - you can rename or remove the file.

In a way, you can access the file's name, but not its content.

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I hoped there was some clever way around it since I own the parent directory. But it makes sense that I should not be able to read it. Thanks! – Krumelur Oct 26 '12 at 9:27

If it's a huge deal, you could just boot a live disc to read it in a round-about way...

Boot into the Live Disc (root login by default) and (all in the terminal):

  1. Make a mountpoint: mkdir /mnt/mountpoint
  2. Find your partition if you do not know it: fdisk -l
  3. Mount it: mount /dev/sdaX /mnt/mountpoint
  4. Go to the directory: cd /mnt/mountpoint/home/(username)/dir/fileYouCantRead
  5. Just read the file to the terminal in Less: cat fileYouCantRead | less

That'll get you the contents - if it matters enough to do the process.

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