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chmod not working with ntsec set

I know this is a dumb question but I have made genuine efforts to understand
what I'm doing wrong and I'm still missing the point.  Sorry for wasting
your time.

I've installed cygwin under WXP in a domain.  When I first started bash I
got a warning about groups but it said that I could safely ignore it so I
did.  Of course now I can't remember exactly what it was but I think it was
something about creating
mkgroup-l-d because it couldn't create the correct group.

I pressed on regardless but I found I couldn't get chmod to work so I
searched the documentation, web and mailing list archives and found that I
should set the CYGWIN environment variable to "ntsec".  I also noted that
this should now be the default anyway but I set it anyway and it hasn't
solved the problem.
	$ echo $CYGWIN

	$ chmod -v u+x .bashrc
	mode of `.bashrc' changed to 0744 (rwxr--r--)

	$ ls -l .bashrc
	-rw-r--r--  1 matt mkgroup-l-d 316 Jan 11 13:39 .bashrc

I also note that I have write permission to the folder.
	drwxr-xr-x  1 matt mkgroup-l-d    4096 Jan 11 17:12 .
Can anyone put me out of my misery?  Thanks in advance,

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