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Title: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3 [SOLVED]
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 18, 2021, 03:08:39 pm
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..

Regards
Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: DavidMcCann on January 18, 2021, 05:15:26 pm
Firstly, have you checked the permissions of the locked files using your file manager? It may be as simple as that, although I'm not sure how the permissions could have gone wrong.

Secondly, did you remember to unmount the devices before unplugging them? If you didn't, then this can cause corruption. Usually this makes the whole device read-only, though — the idea behind that is to stop you making a bad thing worse. You can try to clean up any corruption with fsck.
https://linux.die.net/man/8/fsck (https://linux.die.net/man/8/fsck)
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 09:54:19 am
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.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 11:31:09 am
Hello Goalie.

Even if the file is locked one ought to be able to list the file permissions as follows:  In a terminal, navigate to the directory containing your file and then:
Code: [Select]
ls -l filename
....substituting your file name, obviously!  This will show you lots of info about your file.  Please paste the output here.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here's something from my PC:
[email protected]:~$ ls -l mail.txt
-rw-rw-r-- 1 keith keith 68 Apr 22  2020 mail.txt
[email protected]:~$
The bits in blue are the file permissions that we can change if necessary - and I'll explain what they mean.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 12:51:59 pm
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?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 01:10:33 pm
My apologies - I ought to have read right from the start!

Ensure only one device in plugged into a USB port.  Then enter
Code: [Select]
df | grep media
The "|" symbol is near the bottom left of your keyboard.
The text that appears look for /media/...etc....  Copy everything from /media to the end of that line  (use Ctrl+Shift+c).  Then change the directory to that one by:
Code: [Select]
cd <paste it here>
without the "<>" brackets. Paste using Ctrl+Shift+v
Then enter the command I mentioned earlier:
Code: [Select]
ls -l filename
...entering the appropriate file name.  Please post all the output from these commands. 

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 02:26:30 pm
Keith.

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?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 02:38:05 pm
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?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 03:04:47 pm
Your command
cd </media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD>/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD ls -l
is not correct.  You left the "<>" in!!  and you didn't press "Enter" after the "UFD".  The ls-l ought to be a new command on a new line. 
In fact you have another problem:  The USB name is in two parts with a space between them so we need to change things a bit.

Enter
Code: [Select]
cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
Note the inverted commas at start and end.  AND PRESS the "Enter" key!!
Then
Code: [Select]
ls -l 
This should list all the file names on your USB stick.  Please list ALL the output including your user prompts.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 04:38:21 pm
Keith.

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]:~$

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: DavidMcCann on January 19, 2021, 04:46:38 pm
Again, you've run two command into one!
Code: [Select]
cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
ls -l
That's why I recommend the use of the GUI rather than the command line. You obviously can use that, as you say you saw a padlock on a folder or file. Right-click on the offending item and select the option Properties. There you can check the permissions and see who owns the file and what access is allowed.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 04:48:05 pm
Ah, Goalie!!! 

You entered cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD" ls -l although I asked to to enter cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD" and then press the "Enter" key as the first command and then enter ls -l as a separate command.   ::)

Here's one of mine:
[email protected]:~$ df | grep media
/dev/sdb1       30259440    30960  30228480   1% /media/keith/TOSHIBA
[email protected]:~$ ls -l /media/keith/TOSHIBA
total 15792
-rw-r--r-- 1 keith keith  690907 Apr 19  2017 100_3814.JPG
-rw-r--r-- 1 keith keith  430200 Apr  9  2017 100_3889.JPG
-rw-r--r-- 1 keith keith  615019 Apr 18  2017 100_3915.JPG
-rw-r--r-- 1 keith keith  379723 Apr 30  2017 100_3962.JPG
[email protected]:~$ umount /media/keith/TOSHIBA
[email protected]:~$

Have another go ;)
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: emegra on January 19, 2021, 04:49:12 pm
Hi goalie

Your inputting 2 commands at the same time you need to remove the apostrophes & the ls -l at the end
another problem could be the blank space between PHILIPS & UFD

copy & paste the following command at the command prompt

Code: [Select]
cd /media/kevin/PHILIPS\ UFD

then once you're in the PHILIPS UFD directory

Code: [Select]
ls -l

then post the output



Graeme
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 04:54:35 pm
Hi Graeme.

The apostrophes should obviate the need for the escape sequence - and I though it would look less confusing.  At least for me. ;)

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: emegra on January 19, 2021, 05:01:07 pm
Quote
The apostrophes should obviate the need for the escape sequence - and I though it would look less confusing.  At least for me.

My apologies Keith I didn't know that :)





Graeme
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 05:04:25 pm
No sweat, Graeme.  It works for filenames and I have my fingers crossed that it works for "cd" as well!

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: emegra on January 19, 2021, 05:26:35 pm
Just out of curiosity I created a folder and named it "Untitled Folder" and put it /home/Documents  then in the terminal typed cd "~/Documents/Untitled Folder "

[email protected] ~ $ cd "~/Documents/Untitled Folder"
bash: cd: ~/Documents/Untitled Folder: No such file or directory


then typed

cd ~/Documents/Untitled Folder
[email protected] ~ $ cd  ~/Documents/Untitled Folder
bash: cd: too many arguments

Then typed cd ~/Documents/Untitled\ Folder

[email protected] ~ $ cd  ~/Documents/Untitled\ Folder
[email protected] ~/Documents/Untitled Folder $

I'm not saying you're wrong Keith but it doesn't seem to be working the way I'm doing it do you see anything I'm doing wrong ?






Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 05:43:31 pm
You are not doing anything wrong, Graeme.
cd "~/Documents/Untitled Folder" won't work, as you say. But
cd ~/"Documents/Untitled Folder"  does work. 
cd ~/Documents/"new folder" also works. 

Kevin is cd-ing from his home directory to /media so the ~/ is not necessary.  e.g.
[email protected]:~$ df | grep media
/dev/sdb1       30259440    30960  30228480   1% /media/keith/TOSHIBA
[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/keith/TOSHIBA"
[email protected]:/media/keith/TOSHIBA$

Confused?  Me too!  ;)

I don't have a spare USB stick to rename badly so can't test all this thoroughly.
Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: emegra on January 19, 2021, 06:48:57 pm
Yeah you're right enough it's the way I was applying it :)
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 19, 2021, 06:56:37 pm
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.
 
Regards
Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: wishbone on January 19, 2021, 08:00:31 pm
I`m not sure if this will work, but when I have had the occasional problem with a locked  folder I opened it as root and ctrl+c and ctrl+v it onto the desktop (for example). Can you change the permissions of the file in the file properties? Right click and choose properties/permissions.

It can`t do any damage to try it anyway.

Tony
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 19, 2021, 09:43:03 pm
Hi Tony.

Might be able to but I'm guessing not if it's locked.  It's just dawned on me that even chmod might not work.  The chown command might be better but I don't have a locked file to try it on.  I wonder how I can deliberately lock a file without having it open.....

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 09:44:06 am
Hi Keith & Graeme.

Thanks for both your replies and suggestions on how to solve the 'locked files' problem. I was busy yesterday with domestic chores and have not had chance to study your replies. What I should have told you previously is that I'm nearly 81 years but have a 'young' outlook. However whilst I'm fairly comfortable using the computer I struggle sometimes with the computer technology and language e.g. what is GUI etc. So if I don't quite follow your commands please bare with me. I will study your messages from yesterday and get back to a.s.a.p.

Hope that's okay with you both.

Regards

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 10:16:01 am
Hi Everybody.

I had a "senior moment" my last reply was written not realising that my reply which I sent on Tues evening had been posted. I've looked at the replies from you all and have to admit I'm confused. So if its not too much trouble could we start again on this problem, if I don't fully understand your commands I'll ask before I do it. 

Is this okay with you if not I won't be offended.

Regards

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 10:35:36 am
'Morning Kevin.

No problem at all.  I realise that giving you so many commands in one go can be confusing, and I do get a bit carried away. 
I shall review all your posts to be sure I understand the problems and return here shortly.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 11:15:38 am
OK.  We shall do just one thing at a time.  The first thing is to get the name of your USB stick. 
Here is a numbered list of instructions to achieve that:

1. Insert your USB stick.
2. start a Terminal by using Ctrl+Shift+t

3. Come back to this post and click on [Select] just above the code-box below this line.  This will highlight the code. 
Code: [Select]
df | grep media
4. Copy the code by using Ctrl+c
5. Go back to your terminal

6. Paste the code using Ctrl+Shift+v
7. Press the “Enter” key to tell the computer to act on the command.
8. Copy all the lines on the terminal by highlighting all the text (by clicking and dragging the cursor over everything) and then using Ctrl+Shift+c
9. Come back to here and paste (Ctrl+v) into your reply what you’ve copied. 

If any of this is not clear, please let me know.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 11:42:46 am
Kevin,
I have deleted your post because using commands from previous posts only confuses people (like me) and we are trying to simplify things for you.
Please follow the instructions in the post immediately above this one. 

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 12:42:55 pm
Keith.

Thanks for your reply and patience I've got to 6. in your instructions but can't get further, tried various ways without success probably something simple I'm doing wrong.

[email protected]:~$ Ctrl+Shift+t.df | grep media
Ctrl+Shift+t.df: command not found
[email protected]:~$

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 12:54:01 pm
My apologies, Kevin - I am not expressing myself well.  Let me try again.

If copying and pasting is difficult for you then do this:
In your terminal type the following:
df | grep media
Then press the "Enter key"

Then copy the output and paste it here. 

[EDIT]  Just realised that I have been telling you to type e.g. Ctrl+Shift+c when I meant as follows:
When I say Ctrl_Shift+c (and similar) I don't mean type the letters "C t r l + S h i f t + c" I mean whilst holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys, tap the c key.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 02:37:18 pm
No problem Keith you are being really helpful.

I understood what you meant about commands Ctrl+c and Crtl+Shift+v that I press the keys to enter the Terminal, what I was not so sure about was why I had to type the command Ctrl+Shift+t at the start of opening Terminal.

Here is result of your latest instruction:-
[email protected]:~$ df | grep media
/dev/sdb1       60456992 43655168  16801824  73% /media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD
[email protected]:~$

Hope I've done it correctly.
Goalie

 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 03:29:40 pm
Perfect Kevin!  Sorry I had confused you (and me).

1. Now use the trick of clicking on [Select] to highlight the following code:
Code: [Select]
cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
2. Then copy it using Ctrl+c.
3. Then paste it into your terminal using Ctrl+Shift+v.
4. Then press the "Enter" key to enter that command (always do this).
5. Then copy all the output and paste it here just to check that you have changed directory.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 03:47:15 pm
Keith here is result of last instruction :-

[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 03:51:58 pm
The last line ought to have looked like:
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$
It seems you pasted the command again. 
Now just press the "Enter" key a few times to get a new line and copy/paste the very last line here so I can be sure.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 04:03:59 pm
Sorry Keith I've got it right this time:-

[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 04:25:53 pm
Perfect!!

Now copy the following command in the way you have been doing:
Code: [Select]
ls -l
Then paste into your terminal (Ctrl+Shift+v)...not forgetting to press the "Enter key"!
Then copy all the output from the command line to the last line by highlighting it all then Ctrl+Shift+c to copy it.
Then paste it all here. 

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 04:43:34 pm
Okay Keith next one.

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


Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 04:44:59 pm
.....and now press the "Enter" key!!

You always have to tell the computer act on your command - by pressing the "Enter" key. 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 05:15:20 pm
Thanks Keith I've been called to have my tea I'll get back to you later.

Goalie.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 20, 2021, 07:03:45 pm
Back refreshed after a nice tea here is result of your last instructions looks like we may be getting there.

[email protected]:~$ df | grep media
/dev/sdb1       60456992 43655168  16801824  73% /media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD
[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ ls -l
ls: cannot access '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021': Input/output error
total 384
drwxr-xr-x 38 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:43 '1 - Mint 19.3 HOME folder. 30 Dec 2020'
d?????????  ? ?     ?         ?            ? '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'
drwxr-xr-x 11 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  7 16:43 '3 - SECURITY CODES March 2015 to -----[334kb]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'ANDREWS VIDEOS [1.5GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Dec 30 10:37  Downloads
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:44 'FIREFOX BOOKMARKS- Oct 2020'
drwxr-xr-x 23 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:56 'Laptop HOME FOLDER -Oct  2020'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2018 'LINUX MINT !8 SONJA SETTINGS 22 July 2018'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'Lola, Billy & Ben-ED- 27 Oct-Nov 1.2010 [1.7GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2017 'Manchester May 2017 [87mb]'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Sep  1  2019 'Peru Holiday Trip PHOTOS  & VIDEOS-March-April 2018 (14.7GB)'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan 18  2020 'System Volume Information'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:56 'THUNDERBIRD ADDRESS BOOKS-Oct 2020'
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 20, 2021, 07:16:47 pm
Am I right in thinking that the locked folder is
d?????????  ? ?     ?         ?            ? '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'  ?
I think you said earlier that some files were also locked.

It looks like that folder is too badly damaged but try:
Code: [Select]
ls '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'
You know how to do this now - and don't forget "Enter".
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Divya165 on January 21, 2021, 05:29:48 am
Thanks for the community answer, I have also this type of issue.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 01:01:25 pm
Hi Keith. Sorry for delay in getting back to you, there are are a number of the folders locked the HOME FOLDER is one of them. The 'xls' files in these folders are 'locked' as 'read only' other files 'doc', 'jpg', 'pdf' are all okay. Here is result of your last command :-

[email protected]:~$ cd "/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD"
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ ls -l
ls: cannot access '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021': Input/output error
total 384
drwxr-xr-x 38 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:43 '1 - Mint 19.3 HOME folder. 30 Dec 2020'
d?????????  ? ?     ?         ?            ? '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'
drwxr-xr-x 11 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  7 16:43 '3 - SECURITY CODES March 2015 to -----[334kb]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'ANDREWS VIDEOS [1.5GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Dec 30 10:37  Downloads
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:44 'FIREFOX BOOKMARKS- Oct 2020'
drwxr-xr-x 23 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:56 'Laptop HOME FOLDER -Oct  2020'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2018 'LINUX MINT !8 SONJA SETTINGS 22 July 2018'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'Lola, Billy & Ben-ED- 27 Oct-Nov 1.2010 [1.7GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2017 'Manchester May 2017 [87mb]'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Sep  1  2019 'Peru Holiday Trip PHOTOS  & VIDEOS-March-April 2018 (14.7GB)'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan 18  2020 'System Volume Information'
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ ls '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 01:15:31 pm
Keith just rechecked all folders and the 'doc' files also in 'locked' in 'read only'.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 01:16:47 pm
OK Goalie.

In some ways it might be easier adopt Wishbone's idea of using the usual file manager to inspect the folders/files, except that it might be hard to show me the results.  So let's try one more thing via the terminal.

Select one of the locked folders shown in your post and then try to go to that folder, as follows:
For example, if your chosen locked folder is 'Laptop HOME FOLDER -Oct  2020', do this:
Code: [Select]
cd 'Laptop HOME FOLDER -Oct  2020'
(using your chosen folder name) then if that works:
Code: [Select]
ls -l | head -n 5
and report the results.  Please remember to include the 'quote marks' around the file name.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 01:47:24 pm
Your reply showed a misstyped command so I didn't print it here.
You entered:
[email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ ls '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - [email protected]:/media/kevin/PHILIPS UFD$ ls '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER -
Is  '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER' the only locked folder? If there is another please name it.

Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 02:36:31 pm
Keith I'm sorry I keep doing silly mistakes. What has happened now is the padlock icons have disappeared and I have to open up each individual folder and file to check. Its the 'doc' and 'xls' files that are opening as 'read only' so its going to be a long job.

I don't fully understand your last message and I'm worried about the amount of your time I'm taking up so is there another way we could use?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 03:25:35 pm
Don't worry, Goalie. 

Well, that's good that your padlocks have gone! And at least you can read your files.  Progress!

Your list of directories (folders) didn't show any xls or doc files so you are clearly going into one of your folders for them.  I presume you are using your file manager to do this.  So let's use the file manager - even though you can't copy/post any results. 
1. In your file manager, select one of your locked files
2. right-click on it
3. select Properties
4. in the box that appears there should be some tabs across the top - select "Permissions".
You should see something like my attachment.

If all is OK so far, check that the owner (you!) has read & write access and report back.
If you get stuck anywhere come back here.

Keith



Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 03:35:37 pm
Keith.

 I've opened the 'locked' files and the permissions are as per your attachment except of course it has my name not yours.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 03:37:32 pm
So can you open and modify the files that were locked before?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 03:54:32 pm
Keith

Sorry for delay thought I'd better re-check all files formats within the main folders and find that they all open in 'read only' format.

Goalie

Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 03:59:16 pm
If you look at the file permissions window for a file again you should see at the right end of the "Access" box a small down-pointing arrow. 
Click on that arrow and in the window that opens, choose "Read and write".
Then click "Close" at bottom right. 
Now open and try to modify the file.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 04:19:57 pm
Tried this no success command rejected see attachment.
Goalie   
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 21, 2021, 04:29:28 pm
I thought as much, but it was worth a try.  We might be able to open the folder as "Root" and change the permissions.  And it's probably easier to do that in the file manager (I wish I had listened to Wishbone!)

First of all I need to know which folder that file is in.  Is it one of these:

drwxr-xr-x 38 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:43 '1 - Mint 19.3 HOME folder. 30 Dec 2020'
d?????????  ? ?     ?         ?            ? '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'
drwxr-xr-x 11 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  7 16:43 '3 - SECURITY CODES March 2015 to -----[334kb]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'ANDREWS VIDEOS [1.5GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Dec 30 10:37  Downloads
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:44 'FIREFOX BOOKMARKS- Oct 2020'
drwxr-xr-x 23 kevin kevin 32768 Jan  1 12:56 'Laptop HOME FOLDER -Oct  2020'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2018 'LINUX MINT !8 SONJA SETTINGS 22 July 2018'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Apr 26  2019 'Lola, Billy & Ben-ED- 27 Oct-Nov 1.2010 [1.7GB]'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jul 22  2017 'Manchester May 2017 [87mb]'
drwxr-xr-x  6 kevin kevin 32768 Sep  1  2019 'Peru Holiday Trip PHOTOS  & VIDEOS-March-April 2018 (14.7GB)'
drwxr-xr-x  2 kevin kevin 32768 Jan 18  2020 'System Volume Information'

If so please tell me which one. 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 21, 2021, 06:03:34 pm
Keith do you mind if I break off to have tea.

In the meantime I'm not sure what you mean by :-  We might be able to open the folder as "Root" and change the permissions.  And it's probably easier to do that in the file manager (I wish I had listened to Wishbone!)
First of all I need to know which folder that file is in.  Is it one of these:


Are you asking where Root is or where file manager is ? The folders shown are all on the USB,  the file manager (which I think is the HOME folder on my desktop) if it isnt' could you tell me where it is. I backup my HOME folder on USB for when I consider upgrading MINT just in case I delete folders by mistake. etc.  I'll be back around 7ish.

Goalie
P.S. I bet you wish you hadn't got involved with me on this.

Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: wishbone on January 21, 2021, 08:13:32 pm
Keith do you mind if I break off to have tea.

In the meantime I'm not sure what you mean by :-  We might be able to open the folder as "Root" and change the permissions.  And it's probably easier to do that in the file manager (I wish I had listened to Wishbone!)
First of all I need to know which folder that file is in.  Is it one of these:


Are you asking where Root is or where file manager is ? The folders shown are all on the USB,  the file manager (which I think is the HOME folder on my desktop) if it isnt' could you tell me where it is. I backup my HOME folder on USB for when I consider upgrading MINT just in case I delete folders by mistake. etc.  I'll be back around 7ish.

Goalie
P.S. I bet you wish you hadn't got involved with me on this.



Hi Goalie,

The file manager in my system is nemo which I think is Mint`s as well.
Code: [Select]
https://imgur.com/a/iQ3ENnR

If you right click on the folder there should be the option to "open as root" select that, you will be required to input your password then the root window will open and you should be able to select the file you need.

I should say that it`s not guaranteed to work, but it`s worth a try.

Tony
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 09:35:40 am
Hi Tony.

Thanks for trying to help, I've got the HOME(file manager) opened as Root and got to see the files. What do I do next?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 12:10:28 pm
If Tony doesn't mind me interrupting.....

1. Look for a file that you know is Read-only.
2. Right-click on it.
3. Select "Properties".
4. In the window that appears, select the "Permissions" tab.
5. Look at the box opposite "Access" (just your access): Does it say "Read only"?
6. If so, then click on that box and select "Read and write".
7. Click "Close".
8. Check that you can write to (modify) the file.

Let us know how it went.
Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 01:48:38 pm
Hi Keith.

I've done as your instructions but when I tried to change from 'read only' to 'read & write' the dialogue box appears as per my message "Reply #51 Yesterday at 04:19.57p.m stopping the change. So obviously wasn't able to write or modify the chosen file.

How do I change back from Root to normal in the file manager if we have to try something else.

Goalie.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 02:02:28 pm
....and this was after you had opened as Root the folder containing the file?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 02:38:02 pm
Hi Keith.
I've got confused and may have done something badly wrong. I got to position as shown on attachment but can't remember exactly what commands I used to get there. However no matter which of the files I try to change to 'read & write' they get blocked.

Now I'm not sure how to get back to how it was before I got to Root if indeed I have in fact got to the Root.  If you can get me back to the normal setting for file manager I'd appreciate that.

I'm getting more confused and its not fair on you so maybe we call it a day

Goalie.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 03:02:02 pm
You are in Root alright.  (Elevated Privileges)

I notice that under "Devices" in the left-hand column the underlined item is "Filesystem".  Not sure how your file manager works, but I would have expected "PHILIPS" to be underlined if we are trying to look at your USB stick.  Although the fact that the files are locked is still a problem.

Would you click on "PHILIPS" and post the picture as before?  By the way - thanks for reducing the size of your picture. 

Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:10:43 pm
Keith.
Thanks for staying with me on this here is screenshot of result of clicking on "PHILIPS" :-
Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 03:13:39 pm
Excellent.   

Are all the files shown here Read-only?

[Edit] Ah, they are folders not files.  Can you open any of the folders?  and having opened one can you open any files?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:17:52 pm
Yes they are.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 03:21:18 pm
OK.  So select a folder (tell me which one), and try the trick you tried before:

. Right-click on the folder
. select Properties
. select Permissions
. try to change your permission to Read & write (or it might be "Create & delete files")
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:22:12 pm
Sorry Keith missed the second sentence of your reply, the list on the PHILIPS usb are all folders and the sceeenshots show the files inside them.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:28:08 pm
Tried various times and still can't change to Read & Write.

When I go into File Manager on the desktop I can change the files to Read & Write but as I close it and re-open they have gone back to Read Only.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:31:05 pm
Keith.

I've breen considering to upgrade to Mint 20.1 by installing from dvd and eliminating 19.3 would this solve the problem.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 03:33:03 pm
Not if you still need to get the files of your USB stick. 
BY the way:  Are the USB stick files just backups or are they unique?

When I go into File Manager on the desktop I can change the files to Read & Write but as I close it and re-open they have gone back to Read Only.
I'll have a think.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 03:37:30 pm
When I go into File Manager on the desktop I can change the files to Read & Write but as I close it and re-open they have gone back to Read Only.
Are you talking here about the USB folders in your post 61?  Or are you talking about going back to the Desktop folder?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 03:57:22 pm
The screenshot in Reply 61 shows all the folders on the PHILIPS usb stick. The other screen shot showed the files within the folders in the 1. Mint- HOME 19.3 folder.

 So the PHILIPS folder the first folder is 1. Mint- HOME 19.3 folder and in this folder is folder 191 Living Costs which the individual files are in the earlier screenshot.

Hope this makes sense.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 04:07:32 pm
Understood.

If you drill down into the directories (folders) till you reach individual files (eg .doc .xls) can you read them?  After all; "Read only" should mean that you can read them.  Or have we done this?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 04:36:12 pm
Sorry for delay just been for a shower. I Have drilled down into the files and can open as 'read only' obviously I can't modify them.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 04:41:26 pm
Ah!  I am guessing that this USB stick is a backup of your Windows system that you want to transfer to your Mint system - yes? 

I suggest that you copy an example file to, say, your Mint Desktop and see if you can open it there.  Are you happy with copying files? 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 04:51:53 pm
It is a backup of my Mint system in case I mess things up when I eventually install Mint 20.1.

I've already copied example files as you suggest into Mint Desktop and can open them and modify them does this help. Attached screenshot shows the permissions of the example file mentioned. Can't understand why I can open and modify when the permissions are None in the Group Access panels.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 04:56:15 pm
Keith I forgot to ask are you working from home I don't want to take you away from your 'day job'?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 05:03:09 pm
I am working from home, and my day job is DIY and drinking tea.

Don't worry about group permissions. 

The result is very significant.
And it looks like our efforts have been unnecessary. 

I thought the files were backups of a Windows system (because of .doc & .xls) but if all the files are already on your Mint system, all you have to do is delete all the files on your USB stick (in a special way) and do another backup - but not the way you did it before! 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 05:16:47 pm
Good to hear I'm not interfering with your work.

Can you explain  "if all the files are already on you" Mint system, all you have to do is delete all the files on your USB stick (in a special way) and do another backup - but not the way you did it before"  especially  "USB stick (in a special way)" and "not the way you did it before"

Also will I have to get out of using Root in file manager before I attempt these moves.
 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 05:29:21 pm
Are the files on your USB stick copies of files that still reside on your Mint computer? Yes or No will do.

If the answer is Yes, then you can safely delete all the files on your USB stick because still have the originals on your PC. 
Once you have deleted all files on your USB stick you can then copy the files again from PC to USB stick. 

Does this make sense?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 05:43:13 pm
Yes makes sense I'll just have to make sure I don't delete files that aren't on the PC.

What about the Root do I have to reset back to the original settings?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 22, 2021, 05:50:33 pm
I'll just have to make sure I don't delete files that aren't on the PC.

I do hope you don't mean that!  I hope you mean "I'll just have to make sure I don't delete files that are on the PC" !! Please confirm that. 
As for Root:  It matters not, but you might feel more comfortable closing the file manager and re-starting it. 

Let me know when you want to delete the USB files - just pressing "Delete" is  not enough!
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 22, 2021, 07:12:38 pm
Keith.

Sorry for the confusion the PHILIP usb, this has other folders/files than the ones in the 1-Mint HOME folder., its those that I meant. I'll do it tomorrow need a break from this tonight.

I'm interested to know what you mean by :-  Let me know when you want to delete the USB files - just pressing "Delete" is  not enough!

Till tomorrow.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 08:35:44 am
A few questions first to help me understand.  A simple yes/no should suffice:

Q1. Are you are concerned only about the files in the folder called '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021' on the USB stick?
Q2. Are those files a backup of files already on your PC?
Q3. Are all the other files on your USB stick locked as well?
Q4. You have proved that by copying a locked file from '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021' to the Desktop you can open and modify the file (Read & write).  True?

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 11:43:36 am
Good Morning Keith.

Q1. Not sure where this folder is on the USB :-  '2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER - Jan 18th 2021'  See attachment of folders that show up when I open the PHILIPS stick.
       The folder 1 - Mint 19.3-HOME FOLDER -Dec 30th 2020 is the one shown on the attachment.
Q2. This was a backup for my PC however this out of date now but, still need to know how to unlock files if possible.
Q3. Yes and on other usb sticks that I have.
Q4. Can't answer for  2 - MINT 19.3  HOME FOLDER for 1 - Mint 19.3-HOME FOLDER Yes.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 11:47:59 am
Keith.

For got to mention when I open the locked files on PHILIPS stick and others the 'delete' is greyed out so can't 'delete' them if I wanted to.

Goalie.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 12:03:24 pm
OK.  We'll worry about the delete bit later. 

Since moving a file changes the permissions so you can write to it, then I don't think you have a problem because you are not going to modify files on the USB stick as it's a backup medium.  True?
Is it true that you have backup these files to your USB in order to put them into Mint 20 (or some other OS) when you upgrade?
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 12:03:53 pm
Keith.

Attached screenshot of dialogue box that opens after 'right' click on  1 - Mint 19.3-HOME FOLDER I notice there is a 'Open in Root' command. First time I've noticed this could this be used to 'unlock' the individual files? I  haven't done anything with this curious to know what this is.

Goalie.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 12:10:55 pm
We've already tried that, Goalie - I remember it well.
By the way; I had to reduce your attachment by a factor of ten. 

Would you respond to the questions in my previous post, please - you may have missed it.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 12:42:49 pm
Keith.

Your reply 12:03.24 pm crossed in post with my reply 12:03.53 pm
My answer is True but other files on the stick are for my personal records.

Your reply 12:10.55 pm.
I had reduced the attachment in size obviously not enough, what is the proffered file size of attachments?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 12:52:25 pm
JPG attachments: 100kB if you can manage it.

Q1. There were actually two questions, but I am guessing that your personal files exist only on your USB stick and that's why you want to open them there.  True?
Q2. Is there any reason why you can't move them all to your PC (where they will then become be accessible)?

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 04:29:40 pm
I'll make note of the attachments ideal file size.

Q1. True.
Q2. I've never thought of that, see no reason why not. It will allow me to close this problem as 'Solved'.

For future reference if I have this problem again in future, is it easier to change individual files permissions Access as 'Read Only' to 'Read & Write' using the 'Open as Root' as per the attachment in Reply Today 12:03.53 pm. Or is it not as simple as that?

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 04:46:19 pm
If you are happy with that idea in principle then yes; please do mark you first post title as [SOLVED]. 

Using "open as root" is always a good idea to try - there's nothing to lose.  We did do that earlier without success which is why we sought other solutions.  Have a go now just out of interest. 
You've been very patient and I am pleased that the problem is more or less resolved. 

May I make a suggestion about your file names?  Creating file names that contain spaces and any special characters (, ' : ; [ ] etc.), except for underscore and hyphen, will eventually lead to tears, especially when you come to manipulate them in the terminal.  Trust me: I know!  The hard way. 
For example, '3 - SECURITY CODES March 2015 to -----[334kb]'  would be acceptable as   '3-SECURITY-CODES_March-2015-to-xx'.  Numerals are fine but in this case you can find the file size easily by other methods.

Best wishes,
   Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 23, 2021, 09:22:37 pm
Keith.

Thanks for all your help and patience with this problem, before i sign it off as 'Solved' one more thing.:-

In the attachment sent with my Reply Today at 12:03:53 pm which you had to reduce the filesize. You will see that there are some parts 'greyed out' how do I 'delete' the files in this instance.

Goalie
P.S. No rush for you to reply will do tomorrow I'm going to watch TV now.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 23, 2021, 09:27:09 pm
Ah, that's related simply to the permissions - if you can't write to a file, then you can't delete it either.  One can think of deleting as a kind of writing;  one is doing something to the file, and one needs the appropriate permission for that.

Hope that helps.

Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: wishbone on January 24, 2021, 09:19:36 am
Keith.

You will see that there are some parts 'greyed out' how do I 'delete' the files in this instance.



Can you right click on the file and "move to rubbish bin". If you can then you should be able to delete it from there.
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 24, 2021, 11:42:32 am
Good Morning Keith.

Regards to the 'greyed out' delete command the 'move to the rubbish bin' is also 'greyed out' so can't do that either

I don't want to take up any more of your time on this subject. So I've decided to go through the 'locked' personal files as you suggested in Q.2. in your reply Yesterday at 12:52:25 pm. Then I'll look later at upgrading to Mint 20.1 and be more diligent in importing files to usb sticks.

Many thanks for all your help and patience on this subject.

Best regards.
Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 24, 2021, 11:47:35 am
Actually, it was Tony who suggested that method just now, but it's our pleasure, Goalie.   

There might be a way of making your task easier rather than changing permissions for each file individually, but if you have just a few then best carry on as you are doing as any other method would involve use of the command line. 

Cheers!
   Keith

Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 24, 2021, 12:06:13 pm
I'm a gluten for punishment what is the command method, I have quite a few 'locked' files on another usb stick.

Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 24, 2021, 12:41:30 pm
Ah!  It means using Terminal Commands like we used at the beginning and that you found a bit confusing - which it can be. 
If you like I'll have a think about straightforward way of doing it and come back to you.  Let me know. 
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 24, 2021, 12:52:39 pm
Keith.

Agree I do find the Terminal Commands a bit confusing I'll leave it as it is and I'll sign this subject off as  Solved.

All the best.
Goalie
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3
Post by: Keith on January 24, 2021, 12:54:00 pm
OK, Old Bean.

Stay safe.
  Keith
Title: Re: Locked files on USB sticks in Linux Mint 19.3. SOLVED.
Post by: 19goalie50nxQ on January 24, 2021, 12:57:43 pm
Keith.

This subject is as gone as far as I want it to and whilst not completely solved, I'm grateful for all the help you have given me with the it and the solution at the end is okay with me.

Goalie
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