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Old 07-11-2007, 07:13 PM   #1
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New directory with File Browser

Hi All,

I feel kinda silly asking such a question, but the answer does not come obvious to me. I'm running Ubuntu 7.04. I usually use gnome File Browser to browse file in my home directory. However, I can only create new directories in the root of my home directory. I can not make a sub-directory?

A work-around has been to open a terminal and manually make the sub-directory. I've installed gnome Commander, and it is able to make sub-directories no problem.

Can someone shed some light on what is happening? Why can I not make sub-directories in File Browser.

Old 07-12-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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Strange, I think this works for me. Maybe check permission?
Old 07-13-2007, 12:22 AM   #3
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If it is a permissions issue, the terminal would likely also offer resistance to creating new folders. Unless, of course, you are creating them with sudo - are you? And when you say that you can't create a folder, do you mean that the option isn't there, or that it gives you an error? If you get an error message, what does it say?

Look forward to figuring this one out! Cheers
Old 07-13-2007, 06:58 AM   #4
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Hi Felixc,

I just do not get the option to create a new folder until I'm in my root home directory. In the terminal I am able to create a directory anywhere (in my home dir) without the use of sudo.

I have looked around a bit the menu of File Browser to see if it were a matter of selecting a radio button or something.

Thanks for the help.
Old 07-13-2007, 07:03 AM   #5
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To me it sounds like a bad joke; of course there should be a menu entry for adding a directory. After all your home directory is just normal directory, and it's subdirectories don't differ from it except that their location is different (under it).

Could you maybe take screenshots of the menu under your home directory (where you can create a subdirectory) and under some other directory where you can't - I'd like to see this with my own two eyes. Does the right-click menu really have no option to create new directory?

Permissions should be out of question, if you can create directories at all. Created directories get permissions no matter if you create them under your /home or under /home/something/ as far as I understand. Can you create other files (or copy there) into the directories where you can't create subdirs?
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In my file manager (konquerer), the "right-click" menu does not show the option of making a new directory (folder), if I do not have write permission in the parent directory.

In the terminal, you can simply use su or sudo to take on root powers---thus giving you write permissions on all directories.
Old 07-15-2007, 08:23 PM   #7
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My permissions are fine in my home directory as well as all sub-directories. What I found curious is if I have blank space within the browser window, I can right-click there and I have the option to "create new folder". If I do not have blank space in the folder (scroll bar is present) then I could right click anywhere and I do not get the option to create a new folder.

I have tried to right-click on a folder while in the root directory. I still do not get the option to create a new folder.
Old 07-28-2007, 06:54 PM   #8
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Hi again. I know b0uncer you have asked for screenshots. I'd rather send to you directly though. Anyway, I have been fooling around with GNOME Commander and have found I have the same problem. I seen to not be ableto make a new directory whenever there I have a scroll bar. If there is no empty space after the list of files or directories, I do not have the option to create a directory with a right-click. I need to enter a terminal.

So, I'm still working on finding out what is going on.



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