How To Move A Folder To The File System

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How To Move A Folder To The File System

Postby Doc on Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:03 pm

Hi. I've got a folder on my desktop I want to drag to the file system. When I try it tell me I don't have permission to do this. How do I gain permission?
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Re: How To Move A Folder To The File System

Postby psych1610 on Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:22 am

Hey, if you're trying to move the folder into your /home/user directory there shouldn't be a problem with permissions. Normally this is recommended over putting a folder into one of the directories that normal users don't have permissions to write to. If, however, you're sure this is what you want to do you can right click in nautilus (this is assuming you're using the main version) and select open as root. You will probably have to enter your password. It will then open as root with a red background. You can then navigate wherever you want and drop the file/folder there.

To do this via the terminal which might be quicker (once again, assuming you're using gnome/the main version) open the terminal (alt+f2, type "gnome-terminal" and hit run). At the prompt type:

1. cd ~/Desktop (Which is just a shortcut for /home/yourusername/Desktop

2. sudo mv file_name_to_move directory_to_move_it_to (you can tab complete the file name if its easier by typing the first few letters and then hitting tab. Again, you will be asked for your password).

That should do it all for you. Once again, it is generally not recommended to move files/folders outside of your home directory as this is where the operating systems files and configuration folders live, but if you're sure you want to thats how you do it.

If you're trying to move stuff to your home directory but receiving a permission denied error post back here and we can sort through that.
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