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Changing Folder/File Permissions through Nautilus

asked 2018-08-03 10:25:29 -0500

Sudharaka gravatar image

Hi everyone,

I opened a location through Nautilus and tried to delete some files and it gives me the following warning.

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Then I tried to right click on those files and change the permissions and it give me the following.

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I was wondering whether there's a way to do this using Nautilus without going to the terminal? Or is there some kinda permission that I need to give to my user?

Thank you

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answered 2018-08-03 11:38:28 -0500

villykruse gravatar image

updated 2018-08-04 00:20:14 -0500

You need to add write permission on the directory containing that file. Without write permission on a directory you can neither create not remove names in that directory.

Also, you can't change file permissions if you don't own the file.

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Thanks for your reply. I was wondering whether there's a way to make this more usable. What I have is a usability issue. I suppose what you are suggesting is change file/folder permissions as root user (correct?). I have done this in the past, but doing this whenever this problem occurs is not what I want. Am I doing something wrong; do I need to arrange things differently?

Ideally what I expect is to see the permissions on the file or folder through Nautilus and then alter them through that as well. Is that possible?

Sudharaka gravatar imageSudharaka ( 2018-08-04 16:37:30 -0500 )edit

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