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I'm not exactly sure what you are attempting to do, so maybe this general explanation
will help. In your example, chmod 0755 testfile made the file named testfile executable
with full access by all users.
You mentioned using Ubuntu, I'm not well versed in this distribution, but thankfully
shell commands are usually the same across all distributions. What file manager
does Ubuntu have now? PCManFM? Dolphin? Anyway, it might be easier to use
the file manager you have installed, right click on the file and choose properties...
most file managers have hooks to the shell commands to modify file attributes.