OK, so I have created a new user (for my Domestic Supervisor). She wants some stuff copied from her windows XP file share, which she gathered into a single folder. So I dutifully open the "home folder" app and after futzing around I find /usr/home/wife/Desktop and I then open another "home folder" app and find the Windows stuff and attempt to copy. It tells me no can do because Im not the owner. I am the owner, I bought and paid for this bloody machine and I installed the bleeping Ubuntu, and I want the dad-ratted blankety blank directory copied with all its contents, NOW!!!! I AM GOD ON THIS PC, understand, Ubuntu? No, I didnt think you would.
So I try to do this same action through terminal with sudo and mkdir and cp and now it tells me that the folder, which I can clearly see on the home folder app, is not a directory (even though I created it with mkdir), so CP cannot copy to it. Sorry about that hole in the sheetrock, dear, I'll fix it this weekend, you wanted our little home office repainted anyway, right?
SO....real simple, be gentle on the idiotic newb here, how do I copy a folder for my lovely bride from her windows share (which I can access) to the same folder on her Ubuntu desktop?
Rhetorical question: Why is this so bloody difficult? Why am I being told that Im not the owner, when I am logged in as admin under the account that installed the OS? What obvious simple concept am I missing? I want to learn how to think in Ubuntu so I dont have to ask all these stupid questions.