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Linux file ownership and file removal

With Linux (Ubuntu), the operating systems is protected in order to avoid improperly deleting or changing of files and folders. The root account is the only account that has the permissions to delete or change any files or folders. It is not possible to login as the root but a user can switch to the super user mode (sudo su).

There are times when you may need to delete a folder or file (that is not needed by the OS). In such a situations you can change the ownership or the file or folder or simply delete the file or folder.

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