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    Question Cannot delete files

    I am trying to delete a folder with mp3 files in called Opera.

    I get the following error message:

    Error while deleting.

    Files in the folder "Opera" cannot be handled because you do not have permissions to see them.
    I am using Karmic 9.10 (64-bit version) which was loaded onto a brand new 64-bit computer yesterday.

    I have clicked on "show hidden files" but that doesn't do anything.

    The folder is on a REV drive.

    Failing anything here, I will have to go to a Windows machine and format the drive.

    Ampers.

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    Re: Cannot delete files

    Open the terminal (APPLICATIONS>ACCESSORIES>TERMINAL) type
    sudo nautilus

    Be careful, you can also delete system files as a super user.
    Before Executing commands, understand WHAT you are doing and WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO DO THAT. Some Commands can be VERY dangerous if you are uninformed!

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    Re: Cannot delete files

    The best option would be to use sudo to delete the files by the looks of your problem. If you know where the files are stored, simple do:
    Code:
    sudo rm -Rf /media/rev-drive/music/Opera
    This should fix the issue for you. You can change the /media/rev-drive/music/Opera to the correct path to your music directory. If you need help finding this I'll try my best to explain otherwise I hope this will help you.

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    Re: Cannot delete files

    Quote Originally Posted by jflaker View Post
    Open the terminal (APPLICATIONS>ACCESSORIES>TERMINAL) type
    sudo nautilus

    Be careful, you can also delete system files as a super user.
    Wouldn't you prefer to use gksudo when gaining elevated rights with a graphical application ?

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    Re: Cannot delete files

    Quote Originally Posted by jflaker View Post
    Open the terminal (APPLICATIONS>ACCESSORIES>TERMINAL) type
    sudo nautilus

    Be careful, you can also delete system files as a super user.
    I highly recommend against opening nautilus in root-mode, however if you do please type the following:
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus
    sudo nautilus isn't recommended please use gksudo if you are going to do this method.

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    Re: Cannot delete files

    Some way you have the wrong permissions on that folder
    open a terminal
    Application->accessories->terminal

    copy and past this into terminal
    gksu nautilus
    Then when ask type your password then find the folder
    you want to delete.Do not delete this folder right click
    it and go to the bottom were it says properties click
    that and then go to the permissions tab and change it to
    your user name then after exiting all of that go and delete
    the folder

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