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Hi Keith & Graeme.

Once again I thank you both for your help with my 'locked' files problem. What I should have told you earlier is I'm nearly 81 and whilst I'm reasonably comfortable using the computer I'm not up to speed with the terminology used in computers so If I'm not understanding correctly your instructions please bare with me.

I've not had chance to sit down and study your replies, I have to help out with domestic chores with my wife. I'm expecting a phone call from one of my sons this evening so if its okay with you both I'll come back to tomorrow on this problem. I'm comfortable using the mouse for controls but willing to learn how to use Ctrl+shift etc. I note that whilst I've been away having tea that you have both been busy trying to resolve my problem, I need to have good look at them tomorrow to see if I can make understand better what you are both proposing I should do to resolve this problem.

So I'll be back in touch tomorrow.


I hope I'm not giving you a hard time. Here is the result of my attempt at following your commands and I don't think its come out as you expected.

[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD" ls -l
bash: cd: too many arguments
[email protected]:~$

Sorry Keith.

Spoke to soon, just rechecked my usb folders and files and noticed that the xls files and doc are still in "read only" format but not showing any 'padlock' icon but the 'pdf' and 'photo' files are okay.

So we are nearly there do I have to go through all the 'read only' files individually to resolve this?


Got there in the end, kept mis-reading your instructions this is the result of your instructions :- 

[email protected]:~$ df | grep media
/dev/sdb1       60456992 43655168  16801824  73% /media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD
[email protected]:~$ cd </media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD>/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD ls -l

Now when I went back to check which  filename to put into the end of last command, I noticed that all the "locked" folders had been "Unlocked" (no padlock icons) and was able to open the files as normal (not read only).
So Keith is this the result you were hoping for?

Hello Keith.

Nice to hear from you again, I'm feeling a bit foolish but I don't know how to  "In a terminal, navigate to the directory containing your file and then" I've tried various ways but have to ask the experts. I assume that I have to have the usb with the 'locked' files plugged in to be able to find the 'locked ' files. So I've plugged one in and opened Terminal now how do I proceed from here?

Hi David.

First not sure how to check the permissions of the locked file can you explain how to do it.

Secondly I always unmount the usb sticks before unplugging them.
I'll have a look at  'fsck' although being a novice in Linux I may find it difficult to fully understand how to use it.

I'm using Linux Mint "Tricia" 19.3 Cinnamon 64 bit ISO and use usb sticks to store folders and files. Using the sticks recently after I have entered files into the folders and then removed the stick from the computer. Next time I use the stick I can open it but a number of the folders/files are "locked" in read only. What causes this and how can I unlock the folders/files. I have this problem on a number of my usb sticks both new and old re-used ones..

General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint.
January 18, 2021, 12:32:35 PM

Thanks for your reminder as to how to confirm problem is  'Solved'. I'm still learning how to use Linux Mint and Forum. I have another problem I will send as a new topic later.

General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint. SOLVED
January 18, 2021, 10:11:28 AM
This item has been solved.

General Discussion / Re: Liux Mint Photoprint.
January 18, 2021, 10:09:03 AM
Hello Graeme, David & Keith.

Sorry I've not replied before now and thanks for your replies and note that Photoprint isn't available in Mint 20.1 that's a pity Photoprint is simple to use. I'll have a look at your individual suggestions for other applications before installing Mint 20.1. and consider this item is solved.

General Discussion / Liux Mint Photoprint. SOLVED
January 16, 2021, 03:39:37 PM
Before I upgrade from Linux Mint 19.3 to Linux Mint 20.1 is Photoprint or equivalent available in Mint 20.1.

Linux Support / Re: Scangearmp2
January 02, 2021, 03:20:10 PM
Hi Keith.

Thanks for your reply and best wishes for the New Year, I tried downloading the HP link but wasn't successful. I looked at the reviews and decided not to pursue it in case I caused  problem with the HP drivers already successfully installed.
So thanks once again for all your help etc. and I'll mark this topic closed.

Best regards
Linux Support / Re: Scangearmp2
January 02, 2021, 12:49:27 PM
Hi Keith.

Happy New Year I've solved my Canon printer problem but not as you would have expected.

I removed / re-installed the Linux Mint "Tricia" 19.3 and downloaded the printer and scanner drives from the Canon Pixma TR8550 web site. Then when I restarted the computer the Canon printer was receiving the printer jobs but wasn't printing them. Also the computer wasn't seeing the scanner, after various abortive attempts to get the printer and scanner to work I gave up.
My daughter uses Windows and has a HP Envy 5030 printer which we arranged to swap my Canon printer for her HP printer. After connecting the HP printer to my computer upon starting the Mint system it immediately recognised the HP Envy 5050 and I was able to print and scan without any problem.
My daughter says I can keep the HP printer and she will use the Canon printer, so it appears that the Mint 19.3 doesn't work with the Canon printer as easily as the HP does.

So Keith I thank you once again for your help and patience with me on trying to get the Canon printer to work and I'll sign this off as "solved" upon receipt of your reply.

Linux Support / Re: Scangearmp2
December 30, 2020, 09:59:23 AM
Hi Keith.

Thanks for your reply I did mean to do a re-installation got mixed up with upgrade, was going to wait until Linux Mint 20.1 "Ulyssa" was fully released. However I'll try first to re-install Mint 19.3 "Tricia" will let you know how I get on.

Best regards
Linux Support / Re: Scangearmp2
December 29, 2020, 10:23:51 PM
Keith thanks for your perseverance with this problem and I will reboot Mint when the next upgrade is out in January.

Best wishes and I'll let you know how I get on with the reboot.