OS X Desktop Problem

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  1. BadExample macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Anyone know how to change the "privleges", i want to delete a folder, and I cannot because i do not have sufficient privleges...
    There is a little arrow in a circle as well, anyone know hjow I can delete it?


    Thanks
     
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    You can either do it with the Terminal if you're comfortable with that, or get a shareware app such as Batchmod that can do it for you.

    You will have to have administrator access to remove files/folders you don't have privileges for.
     
  3. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    From SmallDog

     
  4. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    Re: OS X Desktop Problem

    Huh? Where is that showing up?
     
  5. big macrumors 65816

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    rf works on folders if there is not a file in the folder (otherwise you wil get an error) & actually Darwin will ask if you want to rs that directory (folder), you will have to open the folder (often there are hidden folders within each other, that you must "cd" into, finally in the last folder you will have to do a "ls" then "rm *" all files. then "cd /(up one notch)" and "rmdir" what ever folder is there...then "cd /(up one notch)" and "rmdir" that folder... that was the process I had to go through or "rmdir Yourdirectory yourotherdirectory otherdirectory "

    to change permission (chmod) from terminal, "cd /Volumes/(directory to your folder you want to change or delete, I suggest going there instead of just doing it)" then "ls" to view all the files& folders in that directory, then "chmod 777 NameOfFile"

    pretty easy...and even easier once you do it 12 or 13 times...I'd suggest picking up a Unix book for some basic command lines and theories
     
  6. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Try rmdir...
     
  7. big macrumors 65816

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    yeah, note: I just corrected my last post...working on a house renovation and got lost on macrumors again...its late
     
  8. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Then try rmdir -rf to delete a folder and it's contents...
     
  9. big macrumors 65816

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    "illegal option -- r" with rmdir -rf, I should be able to "rmdir -r" htough that didn't work either....
     
  10. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Then rm -rf should remove the folder and contents.
     
  11. big macrumors 65816

    big

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    "rm -rf directory" that did it...Darwin is a little bit different than others...that's why I suggested picking up a Unix book to learn the theories behind the command lines
     

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