Ghosts in the Machine

Recently I could not use Meld to view the differences between two files. I ran Meld from the terminal and saw the following error message:

OSError - Errno 13 Permission denied

I tested Meld on two other systems. No problems. I tried a different user account on the same computer. Same error message.

I reinstalled some packages. No change.

Meld is a Python app. A little digging around the web revealed a possible clue. I checked the permissions of /dev/shm. The permissions were 0755 rather than 1777. I have no idea how the permissions changed.

I restored the permissions. I then could again run Meld.

This is how a person wastes two hours of life chasing ghosts in the machine.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: General

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