recently we had to transfer some files between our servers(both ubuntu server 18.04). apparently the person who did this, didn't use the
-a option of
rsync(to preserve ownership information). So now, those files in the new server are owned by
Well, I thought this was no problem, I just had to use
sudo chown -R $USER:$USER <directory> just gives
operation not permitted. This is already weird, but I logged in as root using
sudo -i and tried to chang the ownership and the result was the same.
I googled the problem and people were talking about the directory being immutable. But
lsattr -d <directory> returns
------------------ which means the directory is not immutable. But looking at
ls -ld <directory> shows that only the owner(
nobody:nogroup) has write access. So I try
sudo chmod -R 666 <directory> but I get
operation not permitted again.
At this point I just wanted to get it over with, so I edited
/etc/passwd so that I can login using
nobody. But even as
nobody I got
operation not permitted.
So now I have this huge space taken by these files that I can't delete but I also can't use in production.
Any suggestions? thanks