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    "An error occurred while extracting files."

    For the longest time, i've been extracting my filed by dragging them into where i wanted them to be extracted. As of the last hour or so, i've trying to do the same thing with a few themes i've downloaded...to no avail. The error message:

    An error occurred while extracting files.
    keeps popping up.

    At first, i thought it was because the downloaded file had been corrupted, but i tried it with a few other files already on my computer and i received the same message.

    I can unpack the rar. or tar.gz file easily, by dragging the folder inside to whereever I want. But, once i attempt to extract whatever is in THAT folder, it won't let me do it.

    Does anyone know what is going on?
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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    Perhaps permissions problems. Are you the owner of the folder you are extracting to?

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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    As far as i know, yes. I mean, i'm only trying to extract to a folder on my Desktop.

    But, how could i check if all of my permissions are in order?

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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    I just checked my permissions under properties and I do indeed have full permissions...

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    Exclamation Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    It also won't let me even open the file or folder without giving me the same error message. Does anybody have any idea????????
    Last edited by The_Autonomist; September 21st, 2011 at 08:54 AM.

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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    I had this same problem.

    This happened when I was trying to open a file within a folder in a zip archive.

    For example I tried to open a file "document" in the folder "research papers" in the archive "College.zip".

    However, since I hadn't extracted the zip yet I couldn't access it.

    The problem was solved by simply extracting the whole "college.zip" folder and accessing the files within that way.

    I hope this solves your problem!

    Short version: Extract the biggest folder in the archive first and access the files within from the extracted folder.
    Enjoy Life!

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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    achieve could be corrupted
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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    open a terminal and enter
    Code:
    $ whoami
    $ ls -ld ~/Desktop
    $ cd ~/Desktop; ls -l
    What is the output of these commands?

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    Re: "An error occurred while extracting files."

    Thanks for sharing and please do not post in threads that have not had activity for a year or longer, since this is an old thread it has been closed.

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