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From Robert Holtzman <>
Subject Re: Sudden? Conversion of a file to a read only file
Date Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:31:33 GMT
On Tue, Dec 03, 2013 at 11:27:36PM -0500, Doug wrote:
> On 12/03/2013 10:21 PM, Janis Langins wrote:
> > A file I have updating daily (quite long, about 340 pages) has 
> > inexplicably for reasons I cannot understand converted to a Read Only 
> > file.  I have tried to get around this by copy the file from another 
> > folder where did not convert to a Read Only to overwrite this 
> > file.  It stays Read Only.  I have erased it and copied from my other 
> > folder and it becomes a Read Only.
> > Any idea of what is going on and how can I stop this?
> > Thank you
> > Janis Langins
> > 
> what happens if you open your console, cd to the directory it's in, and
> chmod the permissions? In case you are not familiar with the command
> line, let us assume that it is in your Documents directory, and it is
> called "longfile.doc"
> Open a console window (don't know how that's done in your distro).
> Then type:  (make sure the spaces are like I show)
> cd /home/yourusername/Documents
> ls -la longfile.doc             (just to make sure it's there)
> chmod 664 longfile.doc
> Then you can do ls -la longfile.doc, and on the left side should read
> -rw-rw-r--
> That means that user (you), and your group, can read and write to it,
> and the whole world can read it.
> If, when you try to run the command you get "not permitted," you will
> have to su to root first, or use sudo, if your distro is set up that way.
> (sudo chmod 664 longfile.doc
> [enter your password] )

Check the OP's headers. He's posting with Eudora, a Windows MUA.

Bob Holtzman
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