chmod changing permissions of root Operation not permitted

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Hi Guys,

I am trying to change the permissions of /root folder. But it is showing me the below error.

[nadim@localhost ~]$ chmod o+w /root/
chmod: changing permissions of '/root/': Operation not permitted

How can I solve this error?

Aug 14, 2020 in Linux Administration by akhtar
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1 answer to this question.

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Hi@akhtar,

You got this error because your user is not the owner of /root folder. So you can't change the permission of your folder other than the root user. You need to switch to your root account and run the commands as shown below.

$ su - root
$ chmod o+w /root

I hope this will solve your error.

answered Aug 14, 2020 by MD
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error: su: Authentication failure

Hi@Reddy,

According to your error, you are giving the wrong password. So check the password properly. Also, try with Sudo power, as shown below.

$ sudo su - root

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