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

Robert Hodgins ehodgins at
Wed Dec 31 03:55:10 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-12-31 at 21:43 +0000, Chris Mohler wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 8:38 PM, Ray Parrish <crp at> wrote:
> > François Huot 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?

Long shot: What are the permissions on the drive itself? 

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