Have just wasted too much time on truecrypt usb volume which allows me to write to the volume but doesn’t let me chown or chmod any of the files (even as root). I still don’t know the answer. As far as I can tell/remember these partitions are ext2. Am verily going nuts.
hmmmm…. am beginning to think I should reformat to make sure it’s not fat
have reformatted, seems now to work. Must have chosen fat when previously creating the volume?