I have a Raspberry Pi that's running a Raspbmc distribution and I've noticed that a lot of the directories are either owned by the user
501 and the group
dialout or both the user and group
root. It's frustrating for me to move files from the main filesystem on the SD card to the external drive because I always need root access (and it makes automating tasks a pain too), so I'd really like to be able to
chown it to the user
pi. I've read up a little bit on what the
501 user and the
dialout group are and don't see why I shouldn't do this, but my knowledge of Unix permissions is basic at best so I'd like to know if I've missed any considerations before I go ahead and change the permissions recursively on the entire drive.
So my question would be: Is there any harm in doing a
chown -R pi on the external drive?