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Does Chown give full rights to a folder

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I have given a user Test, ownership to a folder, but that user cannot remove the folder.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Have you tried
rm -rf testfolder?

HTH,
Dan
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by:savone
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The owner does not have any permissions to the folder according to your screenshot.

Try this:
chmod 770 testfolder

That will give the OWNER (first 7) and the GROUP (second 7) full access and everyone else NO access.
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by:David Carr
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chown is used to change the owner.

chmod is used to change the permissions.

try chmod 755 testfolder
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by:savone
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@David Carr,  Why add read/execute permissions for everybody?
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by:jskfan
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I guess even when you give  a group or a user ownership of a folder they cannot delete it, they can delete only whatever they create inside that folder.

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by:Seth Simmons
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did you just add testuser1 to testgroup1?
if so, try to log out and in again and remove that folder
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by:savone
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@Seth Simmons has  a good point.

Can you show us the output of the following command:

id testuser1
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testuser1 is member of testgroup1
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by:Seth Simmons
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oh...should have noticed this before
you can't delete it because you're on the root of the file system
within testfolder you can do whatever you want as a normal user but you can't delete it or create anything because the root level is owned by root (755)

do ls -lha / and you'll see why

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skullnobrains earned 84 total points
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I guess even when you give  a group or a user ownership of a folder they cannot delete it, they can delete only whatever they create inside that folder.

yes : you need write permissions on the parent folder in order to delete a file or folder and you don't even need any permissions on the file/folder you are deleting
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Thank you Guys!
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