Changing owner/file permissions

Ray Parrish crp at
Wed Jan 14 19:52:03 UTC 2009

Pat wrote:
> I have several files I copied over from another Ubuntu system. They are
> locked and while I can copy them and create usuable files, I would like
> to be able to change the files and their directory's owner to allow me
> full access. Right now the owner is nobody and the group is nogroup. How
> do I change that to be myself?
> I tried chmod but I'm not sure of the syntax and all I get is an
> 'Operation is not permitted' I've tried chown and chgrp and get the same
> response. What am I missing? I know it's something simple, but I can't
> figure out what command I need.
> This is an example of what I see with ls -l
> drwxr-xr-x  3 nobody  nogroup    4096 2009-01-12 20:40 Jazy
> I want to change nobody and nogroup to my own id.
Use the GUI! Start Nautilus with gksu as a root process, and you will be 
able to change groups, owners, etc... at will. That's the way I do it. 8-)

Later, Ray Parrish

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