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    Re: Changing file properties

    I've been reading further on this, and it's quite interesting.

    It seems that NTFS has a more complicated way of storing permissions, using lists of users and what they're allowed to do. So, read-only in NTFS (as I understand) applies per user.

    Linux can only approximate NTFS permissions, because it's used in a very different way, having only three groups: owner, group and 'all'.

    On top of all that, the driver that we currently use, namely ntfs-3g, doesn't have full support for NTFS permissions. You mount the partition either with full read-write access or with read-only access.

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    Re: Changing file properties

    Thank you very much, Paddy, for both the summary and the links. These are very enlightening. Now I understand my options.

    I use a UPS and I back up my data anyway so journalling is pretty superfluous. And on a reasonably physically secure single user system I don't need NTFS's fancy security tricks. I keep the plans for revolution and world conquest in a locked file in the wetware. I just used NTFS because of the support for >4 GiB files of which I really only have a few anyway. So I'll probably just repartition and segregate them. I think I'll make some test partitions with FAT32, Ext2, and Ext3, install Windows support for ExtN (which I've been meaning to do anyway) and experiment a little.

    So with the info you provided I think I'm justified in marking this thread SOLVED but I will report back with the results of my experiments.

    Thanks a heap.
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    Re: Changing file properties

    Quote Originally Posted by LewRockwellFAN View Post
    ... I'll make some test partitions with FAT32, Ext2, and Ext3, install Windows support for ExtN...
    I formatted my external hard drive as ext3 a year ago, and I've had no problems whatsoever. Admittedly, I hardly ever access it from Windows any more, but when I used to do so regularly, Ext2Fsd worked absolutely fine with it.

    It's unfortunate that we don't have an ext4 driver for Windows.
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    Re: Changing file properties

    Code:
    lsattr myfile.txt
    You should see your file name preceded by lots of dashes:
    ------------------ myfile.txt
    On the other hand, if you see the letter i:
    ----i------------- myfile.txt
    Then the immutable flag is set.
    I have a similar problem, and when I run the command, I get this:
    ----------------e- myfile.txt

    What does that mean?

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    Re: Changing file properties

    Quote Originally Posted by G3lrod View Post
    I have a similar problem
    @G3lrod — this is a very old thread. The details in this thread may no longer apply.

    Please start a new thread and explain your situation and your problem clearly.
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