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    Chown file in external HDD

    Hi, I'm backing up a file created with tiger john chkrootkit, to my external HDD for safekeeping. That way, if the system is compromised and the file is edited or removed, I will still have the file backed up so I can check it with the new report (this is all just hypothetical of course). Trouble is, I can't get the file to change permissions! When I try;
    Code:
    sudo -i
    Code:
    (root@computername:~#)cd /media/My Book/Security
    Code:
    bash: cd: 'My': no such file or directory found
    (My Book is the name of the HDD, and Security is the name of the directory it's {the file} is stored under).
    or:
    Code:
    cd /media/My-Book/Security
    doesn't work either. But when I do:
    Code:
    cd /media
    (root@computername:/media#)
    it works. Using the command;
    Code:
    ls
    I get:
    Code:
    My Book
    But I can't go to it! Does anyone know how to do this? Or any alternative (graphical) method? I can just back it up to cryptkeeper folder, but still.
    Last edited by 0011235813; May 1st, 2012 at 07:17 PM.
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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    No matter, I've just compressed it with a simple password to foil any programs or hackers that get in.
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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    For future reference, using the command line you need to escape the spaces in any path or filenames with a backslash \

    e.g.
    Code:
    crypto@ubulaptop1204:~$ cd My\ Book/
    crypto@ubulaptop1204:~/My Book$
    Alternatively use the bash tab to auto-complete.

    e.g.
    Type
    Code:
    cd My
    Then press the >Tab< key and the path will be auto-completed with the escaped space already in there.

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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    Quote Originally Posted by cryptotheslow View Post
    For future reference, using the command line you need to escape the spaces in any path or filenames with a backslash \

    e.g.
    Code:
    crypto@ubulaptop1204:~$ cd My\ Book/
    crypto@ubulaptop1204:~/My Book$
    Alternatively use the bash tab to auto-complete.

    e.g.
    Type
    Code:
    cd My
    Then press the >Tab< key and the path will be auto-completed with the escaped space already in there.
    Thanks for that!
    Code:
    cd /media/My\ Book/
    worked.
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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    I am no expert in this area, but I know from experience that depending on the external device and how it may be formated, it sometimes will simply not allow you to change file permissions even as root. I remember running into this problem with a proprietary external drive that i have myself.


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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    Quote Originally Posted by Damascushead View Post
    I am no expert in this area, but I know from experience that depending on the external device and how it may be formated, it sometimes will simply not allow you to change file permissions even as root. I remember running into this problem with a proprietary external drive that i have myself.

    If the device is running NTFS or FAT, it won't let you chown or chmod, the owners/group and permissions are set at mount.
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    Re: Chown file in external HDD

    Hey,

    When using paths with spaces or capitals, etc, use single quotes around the path.

    Ex:

    Code:
    cd '/media/HDD/My Backup/file.txt'
    Also CaSe sensitive.

    If your HD is running NTFS, no file permissions are supported.

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