Problem changing ownership in Xffm

Claudio J. Peña claudio_j at
Wed Jan 14 02:52:55 CET 2004

	Ouch! My fault! ;) I didn't noticed that only root can chown a file, so
this makes sense. However, I found that you can change the group of a
file if you are in that group (and own the file), so making the "change
group" list available to the user may be useful -in that case, the list
has to be "restricted" to the groups the user is in... but that's
another story ;)

	Many thanks for your answer, Edscott. Regards,

On 12 Jan 2004 07:50:21 -0600, edscott wilson garcia wrote:
> On Sun, 2004-01-11 at 22:37, Claudio J. Peña wrote:
>>       I have installed Xfce 4.0.3 and found that I can't change the
>> owner/group of my files in Xffm (I can chmod on them without
>> The owner and group combos in the properties dialog are greyed out.
>> However, it works by selecting several files instead of one or by
>> invoking Xffm as root. May it be a bug in Xffm or something is wrong
>> with my system? Does anybody have the same problem?
> AFAIK, you need root privileges to chown a file, especially if you do
> not own it. I guess that's why it's greyed out. 
> Options for modifying behaviour:
> 1- Have options non-grey and print the fail message to diagnostics
> window.
> 2- If not root, test for sudo and ungrey if found, then run command
> through sudo (with fail message to diagnostics too)
> Any other option to change current behaviour?


Claudio J. Peña
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