Can't unlock a file

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by insanepilot, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    insanepilot

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    #1
    Okay, so, I found a lot a stuff on how to unlock a file, and I know how to, using the get info window, but one of my apps, when I "get info", the checkbox is grayed out, and I cannot uncheck it. I've tried dragging it to the trash, and it won't do that either. I get a window that says that "file locked and cannot complete operation." I've tried the little "locked" app, and it didn't do anything. Permissions are read and write, and I'm the only user on the computer. Any ideas?

    If this is already discussed, could I be directed to where? I looked for a good hour, here and on other forums, but couldn't find anything.
     
  2. macrumors member

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    #2
    If you want to delete the file you can try delete it using the Terminal.

    Code:
    sudo rm -rf Path_To_File
    (Easiest way to get the file path is just to type "sudo rm -rf" without quotes and the drag the file to the Terminal window.)

    Pres Enter

    type in your admistrative password and the file should be deleted.

    Hope that helps

    You can also try this if you just want to unlock it

    Code:
    sudo chflags -R nouchg Path_To_File
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    insanepilot

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    #3
    I tried the terminal thing, but it asked for a password. I tried typing my system one, but nothing showed. I was hitting the keys, but no text came up.
     
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    jaikob

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    #4

    its supposed to do that, its a hidden password (Security Feature)
     
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    insanepilot

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    So, even though I'm not seeing anything when I type system password, it's really there?
     
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    jaikob

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    #6
    Yes.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    insanepilot

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    #7
    It worked! Thanks a lot! I can't believe that did it, but it did. Again, thanks for the tip!
     

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