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Old 08-24-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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Cannot change ownership of a folder using chown


I tried to change the ownership of a folder (as root):

chown -R apache:swgroup /won/xfiles

This command line did not change ownership. There was no error message or any output at all.

The /won/xfiles folder is on a Linux LVM partition, i.e. it's not an external drive or another file system.

Why can't I change ownership of this folder?

This is Red Hat 5.x running as a VM, if that's a factor.


Old 08-24-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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you said "as root" - is it possible that you waited too long, and the "su" expired?

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