Table partitioning on external directory hitting “can't create table” error

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I am trying to partition my tables by RANGE with the following command:

ALTER TABLE  main_table
     PARTITION old_db VALUES Less Than (TO_DAYS('2021-01-01'))
       DATA DIRECTORY = "/target/directory/",

I am able to do so with the same command and data table on my laptop but I hit this error on the server:
ERROR 1005 (HY000): Can’t create table test.main_table (errno: 168 "Unknown (generic) error from engine")

I sudo chown the external directory to "mysql" and restarted the mysql service and I am still getting this error.

Anybody have any ideas on how to solve this? Thanks!

This is the docs I am following:

My server DB version is on:

How to solve :

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