Linux/UNIX: chmod error

by on February 17, 2006 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED September 1, 2006

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Q: Sometime when I use chmod command under Suse Linux, I am getting following error message:
changing permissions of 'FILENAME': Operation not permitted

A: If you are using UNIX you will get error as follows:
chmod: Not owner.

Remember, only the owner of a file or directory can set its permissions. Use ls -l to find the owner. Otherwise, login in as a root user and then setup permissions using chmod.

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1 sanjay November 20, 2007 at 3:20 pm

how i can change the permission of a complete directory.
and how i remove the whole directory

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2 nixCraft November 20, 2007 at 3:48 pm

How can I change the permission of a complete directory.
chmod -R perm dir-name

how can i remove the whole directory
/bin/rm -rf dirname

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