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I've just installed Ubuntu 10.10 AMD-64 and mounted several partitions into /mnt/ directory. Now I want to be able to perform operations on those partitions without limitations. I'm trying to change the owner and group but it doesn't work. I'm typing sudo chown username filename to perform the operations.

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What error are you getting if any? – BloodPhilia Feb 12 '11 at 16:57
No error, simply no effect from the commands. – Denys S. Feb 12 '11 at 17:08
Are you getting prompted for the password at all? – user3463 Feb 12 '11 at 18:43
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What filesystems are those partitions using? FAT32, ext3, ...?

  • Such filesystems as FAT do not support file ownership at all. You have to specify the default owner in mount options, or let GNOME/udisks handle the mounting.

  • NTFS does support file ownership and ACLs, but I'm not sure if this feature is enabled in the ntfs-3g version that comes with Ubuntu.

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It's NTFS and it's actually not enabled. Thank you. – Denys S. Feb 12 '11 at 22:51

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