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How to give me perms to use the firewire port using Ubuntu?

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I just had to run kino as root, because I didn't have permission to use the firewire port to talk to my Sony Handi-cam digital hi8 movie camera.

So, while I have a root session going, what do I have to do to make the user 1000, me, be able to use the firewire port?

posted Jun 24, 2013 by anonymous

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Kino reports the device it is trying to open. The quick and dirty answer is to change the group ownership on that device file (/dev/whatever) to your own group. The module/device has "1394" in the name, I think.

The nicer, tidier, more extensible, and arguably *right* way to do it would be to set up a firewire users group, put yourself in it, and give the device that group ownership. You will then need to set that group
ownership on each boot, of course. There is a mechanism for that which I can't remember off the top of my head, but it's used to do things like provide access to serial ports to the dialout users group.

answer Jun 24, 2013 by anonymous
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