unlocking .ds_store

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jinglesnbells, May 2, 2008.

  1. jinglesnbells macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I am trying to delete files but I keep getting the following error message:

    "The operation can not be completed because the item ".ds_store" is locked"

    How do I unlock this file so I can delete the other files?

    Thank you for you help!
     
  2. botnut macrumors newbie

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    .DS_store is locked

    I have exactly the same problem. Did you ever find out what to do about this? HELP!
     
  3. jinglesnbells thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No solution yet

    I never found a way to delete the files. :(
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    #4
    In the Finder, hold down Option, go to Finder pull-down menu, go to Empty Trash
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

    TuffLuffJimmy

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    #5
    Why are you even seeing a DS_store? turn off any modifications you have done to your system.

    To delete locked files select it, get info, uncheck the box that says 'locked'.
     
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

    MacsRgr8

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    The .DS_Store should be hidden in the GUI simply because the filename starts with a "."
    FYI, the .DS_Store file stores the Finder-window setting for that directory, and may be deleted whenever you want, but it will be re-created again.
    Are you seeing these files on a WinNT server (2000, 2003)?
     
  7. jinglesnbells thread starter macrumors newbie

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    still no solution

    I transfered some files from a windows computer to my apple computer. Everything was fine until I went to delete the folders. I moved them to the trash and proceeded to "empty trash". That is when I got the error message -
    "The operation can not be completed because the item ".ds_store" is locked". For some reason the trash will not delete the folders.

    When I click on the folders and go to info - the box for locked is not checked.

    Thank for your help!
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #8
    They are invisible files (invis to the Finder).

    As noted earlier in the thread, hold down the Option key, and then choose "Empty Trash" in the FInder pull-down menu. Keep holding it down.
     

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