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chown operation not permitted

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Problem

chown attempt as root results in "Operation not permitted" error

# whoami 
root
# ls -l file
-r--r----- 1 user  group 1024 2009-05-05 11:12 file
# chown user2 file
chown: changing ownership of `file': Operation not permitted

Solution

Extended attribute 'i' is set:

# lsattr file
----i-------------- file
# chattr -i file
# chown user2 file
# ls -l file
-r--r----- 1 user2 group 1024 2009-05-05 11:12 file
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