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How would I change the ownership of a recently made file to root user ownership from its original owner? Every time I type in the following (below), I get a message saying that it can't change the ownership.

For Example:

touch myfile
chown root myfile

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  • Is the file on an NTFS partition? – wjandrea Dec 3 '16 at 1:29
  • You need sudo before chmod – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Dec 3 '16 at 1:45
  • Are you trying to change the ownership of the file as a "normal", unprivileged user? Only the privileged root user is allowed to change file ownerships. To execute a command with privileged permissions, you can use sudo ("switch user and do" - in this case, "switch to root and do"). – Henning Kockerbeck Dec 3 '16 at 1:47

Unprivileged user can't change ownership of a file. To do so, you must be a privileged user or use sudo before chown command. Consider that you must be sudoer to issue sudo.

touch myfile
sudo chown root myfile

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