Offical rwx files taht are in fact --- files!

Charlie Kravetz cjk at
Tue Dec 30 17:16:36 UTC 2008

On Sat, 27 Dec 2008 10:36:36 -0500
"François Huot" <frhuot at> wrote:

> Here is a difficult case: a friend brought me a hard drive from a
> Windows that has crashed and it wants to retrieve files. After I
> connect the disc to my Ubutu 8.10 with a USB port, I can see the
> files with the  ls command: the files are all rwxrwxrwx ... the
> problem is that when I want to see or copy these files, I 'm told
> that I don't have permission to do so, either in graphics mode (using
> a file manager) or from the command line (with cp ). I obviously used
> chmod command to confirm the rwx attributes of files, but it is
> useless... I'm never allowed to see, copy or transfer these files...
> Can anyone solve this mystery?
> Thank you,
> François Huot
> Montréal

Are you or root the owner? If root owns the files, you may have to use
'sudo cp ' from the command line or use 'chown' to make yourself owner.

good luck,

Charlie Kravetz 
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Never let anyone steal your DREAM.           []

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