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Old 07-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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How to remove directory make by another user

hi there i want to remove a folder make by another user and this folder have permission 777 but i can remove it. I think it because file owen and group owner but how i can change it with chown ?
ps: this directory under / directory

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What are the permissions of the containing directory? You must have 'write' on the containing directory to be able to delete any of its contents.
Old 07-29-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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If you really need to remove the directory and other means to do so has failed then just become root and then you can remove it.

rm -rf directory

If you want to keep the directory but change ownership then type

chown -R user:group directory # use the code if you want to change owner and group
chown -R user directory    # use the code if you want to change owner only
If you're using a distro like ubuntu or its derivatives, precede the command with sudo

Replace user and group with the desired name and group. The -R will applied to parent and sub directories within.

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