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root@shreef:/media/hda2# chown ahmed:ahmed "my docs"
chown: changing ownership of `my docs': Operation not permitted
I don't think that the space in the name of the folder is the problem as this happens with all the files/folders.
I read before about something called fsktaps and mounting the HD. I don't know if these things are related to this problem. I can read and write to/from my fat32 partitions without problems, but I can't change the permissions of the files/folders even when working as root user. what I understand is that the root user can do every thing whatever it is this thing, but in my case, the root user can't even get in his shoes without help ... lol
errrrrrrrrr...... i dont think you need to do anything special with vfat. Just mount the partition and you should be able to write data do it. vfat does not require any special driver etc for writing from linux.
If you are unable to write to vfat partition, check the permissions. may be you are mouting the file system as read only. change that to "rw" and you should be all set.
Ok that is it! I have officially tried everything! I mounted it in a different location, change the parameters, and no matter what I do the directory won't mount rw for users, and the permissions are stuck! sigh...do I need special software?
For those who were wondering I fixed my problem. Vfat volumes don't store owner information so Linux automatically assigns it as root. Its not easy to switch data to a different filesystem on the same drive...I lost data in the transfer. :'(