new to ubuntu; have a few questions

Constantine Evans constantine at
Fri Nov 10 05:46:25 UTC 2006

In your previous email it looks like you have too many slashes.  For 
example, for a user named cge to take ownership of the /mnt/hd 
directory, the command would be  "chown cge /mnt/hd".

You need to do this on the place where the drive is mounted. You don't 
need to do it on the drive itself (the /dev/hdc or similar).

You might want to read the manual page for chown (with the command "man 


Dwain Alford wrote:
> On 11/9/06, *Dwain Alford* <dwain.alford at 
> <mailto:dwain.alford at>> wrote:
>     On 11/9/06, *Constantine Evans* < constantine at
>     <mailto:constantine at>> wrote:
>         ac wrote:
>         To Dwain: You can make the hard drive so that only you can
>         access it as
>         your account. If it has a Linux filesystem, change the directory
>         where
>         it is mounted so that your user owns it (on the command line,
>         this would
>         be chown username /path/to/mount/point). Then you can read and write
>         everything on the hard drive, and can change the permissions so that
>         others can't write to it, or even read to it if you choose.
> i did the chown and i own the folder (path to the hdd) now; however, 
> there is an unknown owner and file group on the hard drive.  i did the 
> chown on the hdd and i didn't take ownership.  how should i go about 
> doing this?
> dwain

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