Ubuntu

Comment 3 for bug 438561

When looking at what has caused the problem in the installation log i found this line:

Setting up gdm (2.28.0-0ubuntu8) ...
chown: cannot access '/var/lib/gdm/.gvfs': Permission denied

now doing ls on /var/lib/gdm (only root allowed to read) I get the following:

root@neferty-laptop:/var/lib/gdm# ls -al
ls: cannot access .gvfs: Permission denied
total 76
drwxr-x--- 14 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-29 08:23 .
drwxr-xr-x 79 root root 4096 2009-09-29 17:20 ..
drwx------ 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-18 09:14 .cache
drwx------ 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-16 12:42 .config
drwx------ 3 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-16 12:42 .dbus
-rw------- 1 gdm gdm 16 2009-09-17 08:45 .esd_auth
drwxr-xr-x 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-22 07:45 .fontconfig
drwx------ 4 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-29 17:14 .gconf
drwx------ 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-29 17:14 .gconfd
drwxr-xr-x 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-29 08:23 .gconf.mandatory
-rw-r--r-- 1 gdm gdm 276 2009-09-29 02:31 .gconf.path
d????????? ? ? ? ? ? .gvfs
-rw------- 1 gdm gdm 10512 2009-09-27 14:27 .ICEauthority
drwxr-xr-x 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-27 14:21 .icons
drwx------ 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-27 12:47 .pulse
-rw------- 1 gdm gdm 256 2009-09-16 16:05 .pulse-cookie
drwxr-xr-x 2 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-27 14:21 .themes
drwx------ 4 gdm gdm 4096 2009-09-27 14:21 .thumbnails

To be noted: a solution might be chowning the .gvfs directory manually to gdm/root, however even as root it doesn't allow to do so. Even to access that directory:

root@neferty-laptop:/var/lib/gdm# chown root:root .gvfs
chown: cannot access `.gvfs': Permission denied

What do the question marks mean anyway? Does anybody know how to get rid of them?:

d????????? ? ? ? ? ? .gvfs