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Old 01-10-2008, 01:14 PM   #1
drinkymilk
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Files in the trash


I deleted a few files of my desktop, and when i try to empty the trash i get this error message saying:

Error while deleting
'/home/usr/ blah blah' cannot be deleted because you do not have the permissions to modify it's parent folder.

Now I have tried a few codes as root in the terminal. but nothing seems to be working. any suggestions.

P.S. the files I ham trying to delete are a folder of driver information i d/l from the web that I never installed, and compiz.tar.gz I never had o use.

~tim
 
Old 01-10-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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The user "usr" doesn't usually have a home directory. That said, it sounds like you are trying to delete someone's home directory. Which is probably a bad thing. I would check around said home directory for some soft links. They can be tricky sometimes. Something might have happened when you tried to delete that driver folder.
 
Old 01-10-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by wildcat22 View Post
The user "usr" doesn't usually have a home directory. That said, it sounds like you are trying to delete someone's home directory. Which is probably a bad thing. I would check around said home directory for some soft links. They can be tricky sometimes. Something might have happened when you tried to delete that driver folder.
$ su
# chmod -R 755 /home/"username"

If machine is only yours, try this out:

# chmod -R 777 /home/"username"

"username" would be, for example, drinkymilk, /home/drinkymilk.

Last edited by marciobarbalho; 01-10-2008 at 01:58 PM.
 
Old 01-10-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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Run sudo rm -rf /home/USERNAME/.Trash/*
Where USERNAME is your username. It'll ask for your root password, then it'll purge your trash regardless of lack of user permisions.

-Josh
 
Old 01-10-2008, 03:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for the code!!

~tim
 
  


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