Operation not permitted?

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Wed Sep 10 13:15:12 EST 2003

On  9 Sep 2003 "Max Kipness" <mkipness at geniant.com> wrote:

> Can someone tell me what the problem is here. I am doing an rsync on a
> sendmail spool directory to a folder that is a samba mount. 

What do you mean by "a samba mount"?  A filesystem mounted over smbfs?

> Why is rsync trying to change owner?

Because you told it to, using the -a, -o or -g options.

> Does it have to?

You asked for it, you got it :-)

> I tried manually changing owner (as root) on a file that is sitting on
> the samba mount and I got the same operation not permitted error.

Assuming you're using smbfs, it's because smbmount logs in to the
server as a single NT user, and all files appear to be owned by that
user.  Ownership is not preserved.

cifsfs may fix this, but you need to ask about that elsewhere.


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