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   Linux FAQ > 10. Frequently Encountered Error Messages
Question:  10.22. ``Operation not permitted.''
Answer:

One or more of the file's or directory's attribute bits are set incorrectly. If the "I" bit is set, for example, you won't be able to change file permissions with chmod.

The solution is to use lsattr to display file and directory attributes, and chattr to set and unset them. The programs' documentation is contained in their manual pages.

[Paul Campbell]


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