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chown: changing ownership of ` ': Operation not permitted

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http://askubuntu.com – I know this is possible duplicate but I looked at other answers and wasn't satisfied with the responses. You should be able to use the chown command if you are the super user OR the owner of the file. Well, in my case I am the owner of the file, and I want to use chown. But I want to change ownership of file to super user, so I type following: $ chown root testfile But it gives me error: chown: changing ownership of `testfile': Operation not permitted However, I am the owner of the file, and granted myself read, write, and execute permission on the file: -rwx------ 1 viggy viggy (HowTos)