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I have two users on my Linux system, daemonuser, which runs bitcoind and abeuser, which runs Abe.

Whenever I start Abe, I am told:

Skipping datadir /home/daemonuser/.bitcoin/blocks: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/home/daemonuser/.bitcoin/blocks/blk0001.dat'

Even after adding abeuser as a readable user on the /home/daemonuser/.bitcoin/blocks/ directory.

Would it be easier to keep bitcoin's blockdata in a public folder and read it from there for Abe's purposes?

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Did you make the files in the .bitcoin/blocks/ directory readable for Abe? You can test this by logging in as Abe (sudo su abeuser should suffice) and typing strings ~daemonuser/.bitcoin/blocks/any.file.

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