I uploaded a wordpress theme onto a wordpress installation on a site hosted at godaddy. I used gFTP on an ubuntu machine for the transfer. Now I'm in a situation where I cannot view the contents of the folder, can't reset its permissions, or delete it. I get a "permission denied" on every single attempt to change anything about it. The permissions in gFTP for the folder are being shown as

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The owner of the directory is the same as all the other folders (a static 5 thousand something number). But if the owner is the same, he should be allowed to alter permissions, right? What is a way out? Thank you in advance guys.


You don't have any permissions on that directory...you'll need root-access to change the permissions, I'm afraid.

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    On Linux, a file's owner is always allowed to change its permissions (unless file is set to "immutable" or similar, which can only be done by root himself)
    – user1686
    Mar 5 '10 at 14:05
  • @grawity: Oh, I always thought 'not-readable' does also mean 'don't touchable'. Thanks for the info.
    – Bobby
    Mar 5 '10 at 14:24
  • @grawity: So, since the directory in question has the same owner as that of other directories.. (which I've assumed to be the only FTP user configured on the system), and I can make modifications to them, why can I not change permissions if the owner has the ability to do that? Any idea? @Bobby: Thank you. I had to 'upgrade' the account to gain the SSH service for root access, which involves a day's wait. I'll post an update about the outcome asap.
    – R.J.
    Mar 5 '10 at 16:03

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