Locked Files wtf?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Melkor, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. Melkor macrumors 6502

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    Okay I'm new to mac's and this has been bamboozeling me for days now.

    I had some lecture slides that are in powerpoint files and I wanted to delete them. The problem was I kept getting a message saying they were locked ( which they were, as indicated by the little lock in the corner).


    I would like to know why they were locked and why they were so difficult to delete.


    I manged to delete them eventually by using the ol' "chflags -R nouchg" thingy in the terminal.

    I just worried me that I might have deleted something important because I had to go to so much trouble to delete it. It all seemed so strange.

    Btw, should I continue to do the "chflags -R nouchg" thingy in future when I'm in the same situation or is there a better way to do it?

    Cheers.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    well you can just "get info" on the item and unlock it from there
     
  3. Melkor thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool that worked! Thanks PlaceofDis!

    But I am curious to know why it was locked in the first place. Any ideas? It's just a normal powerpoint file.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    sent to you/downloaded file?

    could be that the person doesn't want people editing/copying the file for redistribution?
     
  5. Melkor thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Interesting. I got it off a secure server in my college. You must be right. Thanks again man. You put me at ease. :D
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    sure no problem, some files are locked for odd reasons, the WMP app, has some random files that are locked, making it a PITA to delete as well, i wouldn't worry about the files, as long as you know what they are before you are getting rid of them you should be all good to go.

    but i have known teachers who lock their files so that they aren't tampered with, or well as a bit of a deterrent from being tampered with at least.
     

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