unknown id: chmod

PROBLEM: – chmod o+w /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/ – FAILED

ERROR: – unknown id: chmod

RELATED-POST: – Adobe plugin installed – (Browser – Iceweasel in Knoppix 6.2)

search – unknown id: chmod

AH-HA: – (Found the reason / solution) –

Somewhere in the comments on sathyasays.com~setuid-root-problem – permissions of the root user can be assessed via su root

THEN; – proceed with –

chmod o+w /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/
chmod g+w /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/
chmod u+w /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/

The inference is to only su or sudo when required. Most everyday tasks don't require a root shell. So it is good practice to use an unprivileged shell as your default behaviour and then only elevate to root when you need to perform special tasks. By doing so you are reducing scope for dangerous mistakes (bad scripting, misplaced wildcards, etc) and vulnerabilities from any applications that you use. Especially those which connect to the Internet - see the old adage "Don't IRC as root". sudo is often recommended because it allows you fine grain and audit the use of such privileges.

Once the permissions are sorted /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/ – proceed to copy “libflashplayer.so” into the plugins directory, … PLAY youtube videos (and any other flash content)

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