I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

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I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm

Hello everyone,

I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions except theses folders(Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, and Downloads).
I hope you could help me in this problem.

All the best

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by ajgreeny » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:26 pm

This sounds as if it is a permissions or ownership problem, unless, of course, those partitions/folders you can not write to are system folders, eg /usr, /etc, /lib, etc etc. They are correctly owned by root and not writeable as user.

Please show us the output from command

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ls -la
in your terminal.
Have you ever used a sudo command for a GUI application as this can change ownership of folders and files in your home to root, and can potentially stop you logging in as user.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Flemur » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:16 pm

Sh Ge wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm
I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions except theses folders(Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, and Downloads).
That sounds like normal behavior if all three partitions are system partitions. What do

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df
ls -al /the/problem/directory
say?
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:54 am

ajgreeny wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:26 pm
This sounds as if it is a permissions or ownership problem, unless, of course, those partitions/folders you can not write to are system folders, eg /usr, /etc, /lib, etc etc. They are correctly owned by root and not writeable as user.

Please show us the output from command

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ls -la
in your terminal.
Have you ever used a sudo command for a GUI application as this can change ownership of folders and files in your home to root, and can potentially stop you logging in as user.
Thank you. I want clarify that is the first time I use Linux. Could you please tell me what do you want from me step by step to solve the problem.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:56 am

Flemur wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:16 pm
Sh Ge wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm
I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions except theses folders(Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, and Downloads).
That sounds like normal behavior if all three partitions are system partitions. What do

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df
ls -al /the/problem/directory
say?
I'm sorry I didn't understand.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Flemur » Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:58 am

Sh Ge wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:56 am
Flemur wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:16 pm
What do

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df
ls -al /the/problem/directory
say?
I'm sorry I didn't understand.
Open a terminal and type (or copy/paste) those lines into the terminal, then copy the output and paste it here. Replace "/the/problem/directory" with the actual directory name (path) you're trying to access.
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by oldgranola » Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:53 pm

Sh Ge wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm
Hello everyone,

I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions except theses folders(Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, and Downloads).
I hope you could help me in this problem.

All the best
To reiterate. This is normal and correct. Thats not a problem that needs fixing. As user you aren't supposed to be able to write to anything outside of those directories that are in your 'Home' directory you listed. Inside your Home directory are some hidden directories that start with a "." that you can but most likely shouldn't alter but we do at times. The directories along side your home directory that you can see in your file manager but can't edit/write to such as bin, etc, var, lib, root etc are protected from editing by users except root for a reason, to keep from hosing your system. Indeed, if you add additional users with their own home directory, they won't be able to alter them either or even your own home directory if set up correctly. The permissions structure in linux is also there to stop viruses and bad programs from doing the same.

I think when you wrote 'partition' you meant directories/folders. Those above that you listed are directories not partitions. If you really did mean 'partition', apologies, it might help us to see what drives and partitions you have to perhaps mount and gain access. To that end if you wish, please open a terminal and copy/paste or type these two commands and post results:

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lsblk

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sudo fdisk -l
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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:04 pm

oldgranola wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:53 pm
Sh Ge wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm
Hello everyone,

I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions except theses folders(Desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, Video, and Downloads).
I hope you could help me in this problem.

All the best
To reiterate. This is normal and correct. Thats not a problem that needs fixing. As user you aren't supposed to be able to write to anything outside of those directories that are in your 'Home' directory you listed. Inside your Home directory are some hidden directories that start with a "." that you can but most likely shouldn't alter but we do at times. The directories along side your home directory that you can see in your file manager but can't edit/write to such as bin, etc, var, lib, root etc are protected from editing by users except root for a reason, to keep from hosing your system. Indeed, if you add additional users with their own home directory, they won't be able to alter them either or even your own home directory if set up correctly. The permissions structure in linux is also there to stop viruses and bad programs from doing the same.

I think when you wrote 'partition' you meant directories/folders. Those above that you listed are directories not partitions. If you really did mean 'partition', apologies, it might help us to see what drives and partitions you have to perhaps mount and gain access. To that end if you wish, please open a terminal and copy/paste or type these two commands and post results:

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lsblk

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sudo fdisk -l
Thank you for your reply.What I meant in this picture:
Screenshot from 2019-06-15 22-54-46.jpeg

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by oldgranola » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:19 pm

Sh Ge,
That screen shot shows you have two additional 'drives' mounted but is not at all as informative as using the commands in a terminal window I posted above.

Are you saying that you cannot write to those two additional drives? If so, please post the output of those two commands above. If not...nevermind :D But it is very helpful to learn to use a few command line commands such as above
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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:25 pm

oldgranola wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:19 pm
Sh Ge,
That screen shot shows you have two additional 'drives' mounted but is not at all as informative as using the commands in a terminal window I posted above.

Are you saying that you cannot write to those two additional drives? If so, please post the output of those two commands above. If not...nevermind :D But it is very helpful to learn to use a few command line commands such as above
Thank you very much. Yes, I cannot write to those drives.Here are the output of the commands:
1sb1k: command not found

fdisk: invalid option - - ‘1’

Try ‘disk - - help’ for mor information.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by decrepit » Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:31 pm

That's why the instruction was to copy and paste, you haven't typed them inexactly as shown. the first command is

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blkid
not 1sbk1d, and you've left out "sudo"Have another go this time copy and paste. And you'll need to remember your password.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:29 am

All right, the first one:
/dev/sda1: UUID="b0d36942-3820-4f86-9fe6-16eae53bf885" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="36650b45-01"
/dev/sda2: UUID="D28C2BF98C2BD6AF" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="36650b45-02"
/dev/sda4: UUID="be263beb-d3f2-4a46-8f94-5ef59a87bccf" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="36650b45-04"
/dev/sda5: LABEL="DRV1_VOL2" UUID="01CCF13EB2A49A60" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="36650b45-05"

The second one:

Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x36650b45

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sda1 * 757581824 961146879 203565056 97.1G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 1026048 97658879 96632832 46.1G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 97659196 757580864 659921669 314.7G f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4 961146880 976771071 15624192 7.5G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5 97659198 757580864 659921667 314.7G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition 5 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition table entries are not in disk order.

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Re: I can't cut, copy, delete, or create any file or folder in my all three partitions

Post by Sh Ge » Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:20 am

decrepit wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:31 pm
That's why the instruction was to copy and paste, you haven't typed them inexactly as shown. the first command is

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blkid
not 1sbk1d, and you've left out "sudo"Have another go this time copy and paste. And you'll need to remember your password.
All right, the first one:
/dev/sda1: UUID="b0d36942-3820-4f86-9fe6-16eae53bf885" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="36650b45-01"
/dev/sda2: UUID="D28C2BF98C2BD6AF" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="36650b45-02"
/dev/sda4: UUID="be263beb-d3f2-4a46-8f94-5ef59a87bccf" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="36650b45-04"
/dev/sda5: LABEL="DRV1_VOL2" UUID="01CCF13EB2A49A60" TYPE="ntfs" PARTUUID="36650b45-05"

The second one:

Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x36650b45

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sda1 * 757581824 961146879 203565056 97.1G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 1026048 97658879 96632832 46.1G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 97659196 757580864 659921669 314.7G f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4 961146880 976771071 15624192 7.5G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5 97659198 757580864 659921667 314.7G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition 5 does not start on physical sector boundary.
Partition table entries are not in disk order.

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