difficulty moving iPhoto library: locked unix files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by alastair.humph, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. alastair.humph macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    My first post on this website. I'm so impressed with how
    a) clever and
    b) helpful people are! So thank you in advance.

    I am trying to move my iPhoto library to an external hard disk.
    I know how to do it (grab the folder, drag it to the hard disk...).
    But now it keeps saying "unable to complete the move because file xyz is locked." It says the same if I try to copy and paste the Library rather than Moving it.

    The first few times this happened I just unlocked the offending file. But it kept saying it so I fear that there will be thousands of these files. Each one is called something like-
    and they are
    unix executable file
    which I have never heard of...

    I hope someone can help. Thank you,

  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Are you trying to copy/move it while iPhoto is open?
  3. alastair.humph thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2008
    iphoto is not open

    No - iPhoto is not open.
    I restarted the computer and tried again... No joy

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