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Old 04-29-2004, 02:51 PM   #1
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Un Tar and Permission problems

I am trying to install some drivers for a Wireless PCI card. Though this isnt the problem (yet )

The files are sent as .tar.gz files, and need untarring, yet when i do so i get the response :

unable to change permissions to .......

I am untarring as root, and the files untar no problem, but i cannot then run make config etc, prevent installation of the drivers. This occurs when i am root.

Can any one help? Either explaining how to enable the untarring process to allow root access to the files, or a quick fix i.e. changing the untarred files permissions to allow root acces to files.

Thank you for any help
Old 04-29-2004, 03:27 PM   #2
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What file-system do you use? The thing occours when copying files on a fat32-partition as another user than the one who has mounted it. Try to untar it another place, maybe even another partition.
Old 04-29-2004, 04:47 PM   #3
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If the file you're trying to run isn't executable then you'll get an error even if you try to run it as root. To change the permissions cd into the folder then
chmod -R 755 *
Make sure you do it in the right folder as it may cause problems otherwise.
Old 05-02-2004, 11:22 AM   #4
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Meldar was right! I had it on a FAT32 partition. Thanks for the help!


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