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Old 08-03-2013, 06:12 AM   #16
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If your filesystem is actually NTFS try to mount it with ntfs-3g instead of the one provided by the kernel with write permissions and hope for the best that security within the NTFS filesystem won't prevent you from doing that.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:16 AM   #17
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If Windows is set up correctly you'll find it equally difficult to right-click and delete files there too.
The easiest way to delete these files would be on the command line using sudo.
The reason you have to jump through hoops to delete these files is that you really ought not to be deleting them since you have no idea why they were created or what they are for. I anticipate your answer that you know they are backups but in that case I would respond "Then why did you set up backups if you don't wan them?".
In order to use any computer system, or any other system or device for that matter, one must understand why things occur.
You might also want to think about the usefulness of right-click and send-to-trash when trying to free up hard disk space.
thank you for your time and effort but you are missing the point entirely and as usually i am no closer to resolving the issue
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:18 AM   #18
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Why are you no closer? Do you need help opening a command prompt? Help using sudo?
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:22 AM   #19
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ok the problem as stated it will not let me delete from home folder and i have logged in as sudo and no joy did you look at the screenshots they are just old system backup files and as stated taking up 354 gb of space thanks anyway
You should be able to delete from /home even without logging in as sudo (which is a _bad_idea_ anyway).

You arent trying to delete the whole /var/backups folder are you?

The following comamnd should delete all the files in /var/backup-

sudo rm -rf /var/backup/*

BTW, from your screenshot I think you might be using a single partition setup....This sort of thing is one reason why its actaully better to have a 'proper' / and /home setup. If you do end up with huge logfiles/backups, you'll just get some error msg and wont fill your whole drive.....
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:28 AM   #20
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get root ( I will assume you have sudo, and your user is allowed to use it )

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sudo apt-get autoclean
if you still feel that you are short of space

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sudo apt-get clean
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:31 AM   #21
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Oh, and those files in /var/backup , are around 7mb
 
Old 08-03-2013, 06:46 AM   #22
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Oh, and those files in /var/backup , are around 7mb
Yeah, but you can't let facts get in the way of a good rant...

Just hand the kid the razors and be on your way before the screaming starts.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 02:49 PM   #23
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Just hand the kid the razors and be on your way before the screaming starts.
wow how witty you are and i am guessing reading comprehension is something you did not master in school now why don't you change out of your pajamas and run and tell your mommy what a big boy you are and how clever you are on the internet and maybe she will give you a cookie and we all know you still live at home with mommy
 
Old 08-03-2013, 02:57 PM   #24
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i am just guessing that none of you read the entire post and just skim it 1 person came up with an answer and understood the post the rest of you told me everything i did not want to know why do you people make everything so complicated ?? the answer that partially worked was highlight hold shift and delete it did not work on all the files but some and thats all i wanted was a simple answer was that so hard ??????
 
Old 08-03-2013, 02:58 PM   #25
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You haven't told us what you did, and what any error messages were.
Let's presume you tried to do this from the GUI - it probably tries to keep a trashcan for you - but there ain't enough space. I use the CLI, but from a GUI you should be able to highlight what you want to delete, hold the <Shift> key down and hit <Delete> key.
You'll get a prompt probably, but after that they'll be gone - no trashcan copy, no nuthin.
thank you for the answer it worked on all most all the files i was trying to get rid of thanks again for your time and effort
 
Old 08-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #26
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i am just guessing that none of you read the entire post and just skim it 1 person came up with an answer and understood the post the rest of you told me everything i did not want to know why do you people make everything so complicated ?? the answer that partially worked was highlight hold shift and delete it did not work on all the files but some and thats all i wanted was a simple answer was that so hard ??????
I read the entire post, you wanted to delete files form here:
http://thumbnails105.imagebam.com/26...4268592878.jpg
You could not do this through the GUI. You then, in a later post, mentioned in windows you could simply right-click and send to trash.

I suggest you carefully state exactly what it is you are trying to achieve and why, as well as what you have tried and any error messages, when asking for help.
Computers are complex things but at their core they are very simple and things must be stated exactly in terms more akin to mathematics than human language. It takes a while to learn how to ask questions about technology but it's a skill worth acquiring in this day and age.
Apologies if I sound patronising -- that is not my intention -- I have used computers for most of my life and used them in every job I have had so I live with them daily. I also come into contact with people who have not used computers regularly or who have not trained to use them and, invariably, they ask the wrong questions or ask questions in a way that those of us who are familiar with computers do not understand. People here love to help with problems but they can't answer questions they don't understand and a carefully thought out question will help you get a carefully thought out reply.

Last edited by 273; 08-03-2013 at 03:13 PM. Reason: Clarification.
 
Old 08-03-2013, 04:36 PM   #27
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The Shift+Delete option after highlighting has always worked for me, at least on all the Ubuntu derivatives like Zorin. If you have a problem deleting, the first thing you should do is to check permissions with either the ls -l command or by right-clicking on a directory/file and selecting Properties, then permissions. Also shows owner:group. If you are doing weekly backups, it would be a good idea to do them to another drive.
 
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:41 PM   #28
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why is it that everything has to be complicated all i want to know is how to delete some files it should not matter what kind of files i should be able to right click and send to trash...
I can't read though, apparently.
 
Old 08-05-2013, 05:12 AM   #29
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i am just guessing that none of you read the entire post and just skim it 1 person came up with an answer and understood the post the rest of you told me everything i did not want to know why do you people make everything so complicated ?? the answer that partially worked was highlight hold shift and delete it did not work on all the files but some and thats all i wanted was a simple answer was that so hard ??????
I do not believe the forum members who replied were making things complicated for you.

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thanks for the reply but no joy on shift delete
So a few posts ago it was 'no joy' and now the same answer is the only one that got you anywhere?

I would liked to have seen whatever error message yougot, just like syg00 asked in post #2.

That is also why I suggested in a consule command to delete the files...taking a screenshot and/or typing out the error message can be a lot more hassle than simply copy and pasting an error message from the console.

I'm a little cofused about how this happened, and the error message might have helped me or some other forum member figure it out.
 
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:47 PM   #30
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this is what i came up with to resolve my issues i downloaded and used bleachbit worked great and simple to use no fuss no muss

http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/
 
  


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