I am a recent addition to the Linux hair pulling club for nerds and need a bit of help. Hopefully you will find this call for help entertaining.
My experience so far has been a ridiculous run around to try to get reliable and complete instructions for the latest version of Ubuntu 18, even to be able to do what I consider to be the tiniest of simple things. But I am plugging away and getting there.
My latest head screw of an issue… I plugged in an external USB Hard Drive 1TB which stores all my backed up user files created on Windows machines. I proceeded to copy and paste folders containing thousands of files into newly created folders in my Documents directory. I’ve already had the terrible fun of setting up permissions for these directories and was successful sharing them across my network using Samba and messing around until I was able to read, write and delete into these folders from my other Windows machines. So it all should have been easy. But here I am, having left my computer running overnight in the hope the copy process would be near completion and instead I have it telling me that some copy processes are going to take thousands of hours to complete (an over-estimate I know, not worried about that so much) AND it is asking me for password authentication about every 15 to 20 minutes. It is honestly infuriating.
How do I get rid of this overkill of security and remove the need to constantly give my authentication code?
I describe the security arrangements with the following analogy:
I am in my house. I have locked all external entrances. I have double bolted all external entrances. There are bars on all the external entrances. I am safe yet here inside my house, I am running around with keys opening and locking every door as I go through it. Every door has a lock. Every cupboard and drawer has a lock. The toilet seat has a lock. And I have to identify myself to every lock so the lock knows it is me or at least some dude named Sudo. And while all this is going on, I am somehow still encouraged to imagine there is a hidden basement somewhere with a wide open door letting in criminals and murderers. It is crazy.
Maybe I selected the wrong options when installing but I now need to bring some sanity back to this machine.
Your help is much appreciated.