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I have ubuntu 12.04 precise pangolin installed on my laptop. I am the admin of the computer, but anytime I try to change file permissions to acces files or tick exectute file as program then he just changes back quickly or unticks the box quickly. Please help!!!

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What filesystem are the files you are trying to change on? – hexafraction Nov 4 '12 at 19:11
filesystem? Explain please... – Harald Nov 4 '12 at 19:13
Are the files on a flash drive or external hard drive? Did you set up partitions yourself? – hexafraction Nov 4 '12 at 19:13
They are on a partition I created earlier on windows 7. But now i swaped from windows 7 to ubuntu – Harald Nov 4 '12 at 19:17

Windows 7 partitions are created using the NTFS filesystem, which does not support Unix-style file permissions, which Ubuntu uses. You can, however, use Umask along with fstab to mount easily:

  1. Run gksu gedit /etc/fstab to open Text Editor.

  2. You are now in fstab.

  3. Open a Terminal. Determine the partition UUID:


and note the UUID for your partition.

  1. Also make a directory to mount:

    sudo mkdir /media/windisk
  2. Now go back to the text editor and add a line:

    UUID=[YOUR UUID HERE] /media/windisk ntfs-3g auto,users,permissions 0 0

Save, and reboot.

You can now mount this partition and work with permissions on it.

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Actually, you can make NTFS-3G respect the NTFS ownership and permissions on the drive. (It's just a bit complicated and often not worthwhile.) – Eliah Kagan Jan 24 '13 at 22:14

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