Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am accessing a MyBook server using SSH by means of public-private keys.

I have a wierd problem where i am unable to access certain folders that i should logically have access to.

I have a directory on

/DataVolume/shares/fldr drwxrwxr-x root share

The user I am accessing the server with is a member of the group share (which has GID 1000). The same as fldr.

When I try to cd into the directory i get the error:

-sh: cd: fldr: Permission denied.

Why is this? And how do i fix it?

The sshd_config file does not limit users to home directories, but privilege seperation is on.

I can access another folder in shares, but all folders have the same access rights, so something else is at work.

share|improve this question
Can you access any other sub folders of /DataVolume/shares/ how about shares itself? – terdon Feb 2 '13 at 21:50
Shares itself: Yes. Other subfolders: Yes... But i don't see why. THey all have the same access mods – Martin Nielsen Feb 2 '13 at 21:50
I was asking in case it were a problem of the permissions of the parent folders. – terdon Feb 2 '13 at 21:58
But you bring up a good point. All folders have the same access mods, but I can only access one of them. Why is this? Is there some other force at work here? – Martin Nielsen Feb 2 '13 at 21:58
What happens when you type ls -la@? This will show extended attributes. – daviewales Feb 9 '13 at 10:38

The are several reasons why you can't access that folder:

1) maybe FUSE fs is used by another user and it mounted in /DataVolume/shares/fldr, in this case noone (even root) can't access this folder.

2) some mismatch in GID/UID, look at:

stat /DataVolume/shares/fldr

, and

id user

to check this;

3) maybe this is soft link to another folder (or file), and youre user has not read permission to it.

share|improve this answer

Did you check the execute bit on parent dirs.


/DataVolume/shares drwxrw-rw- <- NOK
/DataVolume/shares drwxrwxrwx <- OK
share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .