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Old 04-02-2004, 09:31 AM   #1
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moving a file to a folder gets error

I guess this is a general question? I have a fat 32 partition automounted to linux via fstab using:

/dev/hda2 /mnt/win vfat umask=000,defaults 0 0

I think that's it, or pretty close (not in front of me now). On the linux side I started writing files to it haphazardly and later decided to organize things, so using Nautilus (I think that's it. its that windows like file manager that comes with redhat). I made some directories and started moving files into them via click and drag. Occasionally, however, a move would fail and give me a general error (that's what it says; nothing specific). so, I finished moving as many files as I could into respective directories until I was left only with those that refused to go to their room. I can move the same file to another directory I made the same way, though. for these few files, I can't move it, copy it, cut and paste it or anything to the directory I created for it. I was able to move other files into the same directory so its not like no files would go. I even deleted it and recreated the directory and still those particulaar files would not go to it. Again, the same files will move copy or paste to orther directories i made for aother stuff.

Its the strangest thing. I have to say I don't think I tried it via command line, but even if it worked that way it is still a puzzle.

Any clue?

Old 04-02-2004, 10:32 AM   #2
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not a single clue (but i don't use Nautilus), poor, poor, poor programing that don't give meaningful error messages!!!

try the command line:
mv /were/your/file/is /were/to/move/it

if that gives a error, it should at least be meaningful, and not stupid
Old 04-02-2004, 11:08 AM   #3
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I agree, more information is needed. Are you familiar with using the commandline? Use the commands above, and tell me what it says. My first guess is that you don't have access to the file you're moving, or to the folder you are moving them to. What kind of files are you moving, and have you tried doing this through the super user? Make sure you only copy them if you're the super user though, because you could remove some potentially vital files.
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Right-click the file and click properties to view the permissions of the file. It should be owned by the user you are trying to use to move it.


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