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The owner only has permissions to Access files. Why can't I change the permission of this folder?

Error setting permissions: Read-only file system

screenshot with properties dialog and popup saying permissions could not be changed

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    "Permissions" changing requires Write access to the parent directory. – waltinator Nov 22 '17 at 15:33
  • I presume this concerns an external hard drive? What is the filesystem of the drive? – Wouter Nov 22 '17 at 15:47
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You might be using an overlay file system or external mount. To see your mount points and their rw/ro state just run command mount and look for the path where the folder is located To have the write access enabled you can remount it with the command mount -o remount rw

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