I am trying to assign ownership of a certain file (FILE) to a user (A). I log in as root and run chown A FILE but nothing happens. If I add the group option (chown A:A FILE), the group is changed but the user is not.

If I try with another user (B: chown B:A FILE) it works. Could anyone tell me why a specific user cannot own a file? I have tried in different locations but the result is always the same.

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    Who is A? Does A have some special characters in his name? – muclux Feb 15 '18 at 7:08
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    try it with the id, instead of the name. to find out the id, use id <username> – Robert Riedl Feb 15 '18 at 11:28
  • A is "bitnam"i and has no special characters. Besides I have tried with the id code obtained after running "id bitnami" and it does not work either. If I follow the same procedure with user B (which is testuser) it does work. – Jordi Rocafull Feb 16 '18 at 4:24
  • I do not know if it might have something to do with the fact that I have run a few times a Magento linux installer which creates users and its main user is "bitnami" (the user I am encountering problems with) – Jordi Rocafull Feb 16 '18 at 4:29
  • I have deleted A user and created again but the problem persist – Jordi Rocafull Feb 16 '18 at 4:33

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