All Gurus once were Newbies
Forum rules
There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section.
Before you post please read how to get help
Level 3
Level 3
Posts: 115
Joined: Fri May 07, 2010 7:15 pm
Location: The Third Coast


Postby jimisbell » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:09 pm

I have no idea what "Oli" is. It is a folder that has intercepted all my personal folders and wont let go. My home folder is "Jim" then under that folder there should be folders called "pictures", "videos", "tools" etc etc BUT some how a folder with the name "Oli" has gotten between them so the tree is Jim-Oli-Pictures. Many years ago with DOS I could have fixed this, but with Linux, it doesnt seem fixable. I have tried just dragging and dropping the folders from "Oli" to "Jim" but it doesnt work. In fact I cannot drag and drop ANYTHING into the folder "Jim"!!!

It is infuriating because trying to find a file I know is in a folder called "pictures" and there are several folders called "pictures" that I cannot consolidate, is driving me to drink.
Democracy is two wolves and a sheep discussing what's for dinner. Freedom is a well armed sheep contesting the decision.

User avatar
Level 6
Level 6
Posts: 1052
Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:26 am

Re: Oli

Postby grimdestripador » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:54 am

First step is to save you files by backing them up. Somewhere not on your computer or main hard disk.

Second step is to use your dos skills

Take ownership of your home folder (optional)

Code: Select all

sudo chown -Rv `whoami`:`whoami` ~/*

Move those pictures

Code: Select all

sudo mv -Rv ~/oli/Pictures ~/Pictures

Return to “Newbie Questions”