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Old 06-14-2004, 02:23 PM   #1
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Question on Deleting

the prolem is then i try to send this folder to the trash can StepMania-4.9-alpha20-src it comes up as an error and the error says Cannot move "/home/ryan/Desk...4.9-alpha20-src" to the trash because you do not have permissions to change it or its parent folder.
Can anyone help me i am also the only person in this computer there are no other users besides me

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Old 06-14-2004, 02:28 PM   #2
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the file is probably owned by root, so you can't delete it. to see who owns it give the command
ls -l whatever_the_filename
then, if you're sure that you want to delete it and it does belong to root, you will have to su to root. enter
then enter the root password. now you should be able to delete it. don't forget to enter
to get back to your normal user mode.

hope this helps.

Edit: if you still have problems, and really want to get rid of it, use the -f option with rm. this will force it to delete.

An obligatory word of warning: be very careful when using rm as root. if you type it it will be done. An accidental rm -rf / would effectively wipe away your root directory. not good.

Another Edit: upon rereading your post i noticed you said it was a folder. if you use the -r option with rm it makes the delete act recursively with all files and subfolders within the target folder.

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Old 06-14-2004, 02:34 PM   #3
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i dont know why i loged in a root b4 that and tried to delete it and i just did it again now but its till isnt working any other guess to what the problem may be?
Old 06-14-2004, 02:58 PM   #4
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[root@localhost Desktop]# rm -f StepMania-4.9-alpha20-src
rm: cannot remove `StepMania-4.9-alpha20-src': Is a directory

this comes up when i try to do that

the location of the folder is on the desktop
and it will nto let me even move the folder to another directory

Also there is a pencil with a like circle with i lene through it liek a no smoking sign but with a pencil

i tried -r and this came up
[root@localhost Desktop]# rm -r StepMania-4.9-alpha20-src
rm: descend into directory `StepMania-4.9-alpha20-src'?
[root@localhost Desktop]#

Last edited by xcheddar; 06-14-2004 at 03:01 PM.
Old 06-14-2004, 04:56 PM   #5
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use -rf I think. Then it won't ask for confirmation


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