Ubuntu 16.10 issues with permissions

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I am using Ubuntu 16.10. It took a while to set up due the documentation being a bit sparse.

I am having an issue with permissions. Initially I was able to select my home folder however I needed to change the hosts file to allow my phone to access the laptop. I closed the browser and attempted to try again from scratch but this time instead of my username, Sync is using rslsync which does not have permission to write to my home folder. I have purged and started from fresh to no avail.

How can I reset the whole process?

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I guess you've installed Sync package now, while before you were using a simple binary. Package runs with rslsync user. So now you have at least three options: 
1) give rslsync user access to your user's home folder. 
2) launch the package with your current user. Find instruction here, at the bottom of the page 
3) not use package, but download resilio Sync binary and launch it with your user. 

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