Unable to delete directory even after change of ownership.

BSD_Newbie it_manager at gmx.com
Fri Dec 19 03:40:20 UTC 2008


The directory was empty.
only the usual directories "." and ".." were present when I try to delete
the /home/my_repos directory.

the directory "." had owner and group as svn and repo_admin respectively
the directory ".." had owner and group as root and wheel respectively. 

These settings are NOT  UNUSUAL. The directories "." and ".." under
/home/svn also have the same permission/owner-group info as above. 

I do not understand as to why the -r switch is needed. However, I shall give
it a try and keep you posted. 

Thanks for addressing my post. 


Glen Barber-2 wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:27 PM, BSD_Newbie <it_manager at gmx.com> wrote:
>> e) as root, executed the following command.
>> chown svn:repo_admin /home/my_repos
>> f) verified that the file permissions for /home/my_repos is correctly set
>> after the change in ownership.
>> Here is the problem I encountered
>> When I log in as svn, I am placed in the folder /home/svn.
>> As svn,  when I try to delete the folder (/home/my_repos), I get the
>> error
>> "Permission denied".
>> Why do I get this error when I (svn) am the owner of that directory?
>> However, I have no problem deleting a directory under /home/svn.
> My guess is you should've used the -r flag with chown (recursive).
> -- 
> Glen Barber
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