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Old Dec 28, 2014, 12:49 PM   #26
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Bugs in Microsoft Office, and an answer in Ask Different


The / bug is one of a number of old bugs; Microsoft has not properly updated apps such as Excel to work with POSIX-compliant use of the HFS Plus file system by Mac OS X. It's vaguely possible that no-one has reported the bugs to Microsoft.

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In Ask Different: Excel 2011 Opens Spreadsheet As Read-Only today's answer from me goes beyond the / example.

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Originally Posted by propaintballa View Post
save it to a different place, did it straight to the desktop and it's fine :/
If the symptom recurs, at the previously affected path, try ls and lsof as suggested in Ask Different.
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Old Jan 7, 2015, 11:20 AM   #27
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.xls read only

ttrent - thanks had my head boxed
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In my firm we have a Mac file server on our network and all users belong to a group that has read/write permissions to certain folders. A user complained about not being able to save a file on the server after working on it - she could save to other locations but not over this specific XLSX file. I reset the permissions on the folder and then checked the excel file. Sure enough, the read-only tag still appeared. I then duplicated the file and opened that. Interestingly it did not have a read-only tag. I then added some text, saved, closed and re-opened the file, and the read-only text did not appear. So for now, I have solved my problem but am unsure what caused it. The file in question does not have any slashes, only alphabet characters, and there is no hidden file with the ~ symbol. I was able to delete the file after confirming my duplicate was working, but only from a Windows machine.
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