View Full Version : [ubuntu] Lock on Folders

January 6th, 2009, 06:30 AM

After placing files from my usb drive on to my Ubuntu desktop I noticed a lock appeared on a few of the folders. The lock symbol appeared on a file that contains music, also on a file containing pictures. I can play the music and view all the pictures but i am not able to move the files off the desktop or delete them. Any info on why the lock appeared and what i can do to get rid of it, so I can delete some items in the folders as well i would like to move them to a different location.

January 6th, 2009, 06:33 AM
Check out the permissions, they are either not owned by your or they are read only.

right click the folder, click properties, click the Permissions tab.

If it's read only make it read/write for owner and group, if they are owned by another user (you used a root nautilus to copy them???) then you will need to chown the folder.

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/Desktop/foldername

January 6th, 2009, 06:38 AM
go to the properties menu of the file/folder
select permissions
in the "Access:" field under owner change the Read-only to Read and write