Ever since I changed over to 12.04 (Jul 2014) and then 14.04 (Aug) I have been unable to change the permissions of files on an external hard drive. Even though I am the owner and have rwx permission on both the drive and the folder that contains the file, I cannot make the file executable (even using sudo). I have tried to do so from the command line and in Nautilus. All executable files I copy to the drive, lose their executable status.

Any suggestions?

  • What is the drive formatted? – Tim Sep 2 '14 at 20:13
  • Is the drive mounted noexec ? – Panther Sep 2 '14 at 20:23
  • What does this show?: mount | grep '^/dev/sdXN' (with X and N replaced) – Volker Siegel Sep 2 '14 at 20:34
  • Volke, Bodi & Tim /dev/sdd1 on /media/popsie/62090 type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096) Would seem to indicated formatted for rw only. Yet, I successfully transferred files under 10.04 – JimH Sep 3 '14 at 0:56

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