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I'm trying to assign run privileges to a file named foobar using:

sudo chmod 777 foobar

However nothing happens. The file is located on a NTFS mounted partition. The mount command says:

/dev/sda4 on /media/DATA type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)

The command

ls -l foobar

run after chmod says:

-rw------- 1 myusername myusername 2261603 Aug 29 17:54 foobar

Can somebody help me, please?

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Also, you could try running "sudo chmod a+x foobar" just to see if you get a different result, though I doubt you would. – Jack Aug 29 '13 at 16:57
Linux permissions don't work right on NTFS volumes mounted via fuse. you have to set the access modifiers in the fstab or the mount command. see the fuse options here: – Frank Thomas Aug 29 '13 at 17:08
up vote 5 down vote accepted

NTFS does not handle file permissions in the same was as Linux, as explained in the ntfs-3g FAQ:

Why have chmod and chown no effect? [sic]

By default files on NTFS are owned by root with full access to everyone. To get standard per-file protection you should mount with the “permissions” option. Moreover, if you want the permissions to be interoperable with a specific Windows configuration, you have to map the users.

So, either modify your /etc/fstab with the appropriate options: (I changed default_permissions to permissions):

/dev/sda4 /media/DATA ntfs rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,permissions,blksize=4096

or, just unmount and remount manually:

sudo umount /media/DATA
sudo mount -t ntfs -o rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,permissions /dev/sda4 /media/DATA

You should now be able to change permissions normally with sudo chmod.

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Thank you for the answer. Can I mount it automatically using your command as the system boots? – HAL9000 Aug 29 '13 at 17:44
@HAL9000 yes, modify /etc/fstab as I have shown in my answer and next time you reboot, it will be mounted with the right options. – terdon Aug 29 '13 at 17:46
should I only append that line in /etc/fstab? Or should I do something other? I was trying to read some tutorials but I don't know what UUID is – HAL9000 Aug 29 '13 at 17:49
a UUID is a name for your device, just like '\dev\sda1'. you can find your uuid from a terminal with 'ls -a /dev/disk/by-uuid' – Frank Thomas Aug 29 '13 at 18:09
I simply appended that line in /etc/fstab and it works. However now all the files on the drive are flagged as executable – HAL9000 Aug 29 '13 at 18:10

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