more permission problem

Mahadi Hasan tomahadi at
Sun Mar 15 05:54:38 UTC 2009

>> I
>> can't change permissions of folders/files inside the drives even the
>> folders/files inside my home directory. I used:
>> sudo chmod
>> But did not work. What do I do?
> Nothing. It won't work. It's a vfat filesystem. It doesn't support
> unix permissions.
> If you want to use permissions, backup, re-format with a modern
> filesystem (ext*, reiserfs, xfs, jfs...) and restore.
> What I don't understand is: you talk about your home directory but
> your drives are mounted on /media/c and /media/d. Can you be more
> specific? Where's your home directory?

Thank you for your help.
Sorry, I mistakenly wrote that I could not change permissions of the
folders/files in my home directory mounted in root (/) directory.
But there are some things I need to know about.
I checked out the permissions of folders/files in my home directory on
the command line, and I found that all the folders (Documents, Music,
Public etc.) have permission like this: drwxr-xr-x,
and, only one folder named Examples which has permission like this:
lrwxrwxrwx, and a file which was created by me has permission like
this: -rw-r--r--.
My questions are:
1. What do d and l at the beginning of the permission mean?
2. Why can't I access the Examples folder, and even change the
permission? How do I change the permission of this folder?
3. Why isn't there anything like d or l at the beginning of the
permission of the file?

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