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Old 01-27-2004, 02:02 PM   #1
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chmod : permission denied


I had my Linux installation crash so installed a newer version (Suse 9.0) on another drive (IDE).
I want to recover my email and other bits from the old drive so mounted it as su using
mount /dev/hdh3 /home/user/oldlinux
but when I ls -l the Mail directory I get
/bin/ls: Mail: Permission denied
I tried
chmod a+rwx Mail
but get
chmod: failed to get attributes of 'Mail' : Permission denied

I can copy some of the files and directories to the new drive and set permissions.

Am I missing something?

Any help would be welcome.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 02:11 PM   #2
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This is from the top of my head, but If I remember correctly mount mounts read only if you don't tell it otherwise.

See man mount for the syntax.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 03:02 PM   #3
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It seems to be mounted OK because I've copied some files and directories to the new drive. chmod works OK on the Documents and other directories.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 03:14 PM   #4
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Are you executing the chmod command as root or as a regular user?

Should be root (or the owner of the mail file(s)).
 
Old 01-27-2004, 03:29 PM   #5
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Logged in as root and there are only a couple of directories I can't change. chmod works OK on the rest.
 
  


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