I've been trying to enter a directory with a user named user which is in the group user. The directory is named the_forbidden_one and is owned by the user the_chosen_one and the group the_chosen_ones. Even if my directory has r-x permissions for the "others", user can't list or even enter the directory. Why?

ls -la:
drwxrwxr-x 13 the_chosen_one the_chosen_ones 4096 Oct 15 12:10 the_forbidden_one

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what are the permissions on the higher level directories, above the current one. if anyone of them is not x for other then your user will not be able to descend past that point in the directory tree.

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    I thought you only needed x for enumerating folders, rather than reading files therein (so long as you know their name)?
    – badp
    Oct 15, 2013 at 11:33

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