Ubuntu – How to remove files with no permission


I have leftovers of PyLotRO, a Windows emulator, but I can't move all files to the trash bin.

How do I change permissions and delete them?

Best Answer

  • Determine where the folder is and change the permissions using chmod

    sudo chmod -R 777 /path/to/folder/foldername

    Then press Enter. For example if the folder was called BLAH and was located at /home/user then you would type

    sudo chmod -R 777 /home/user/BLAH 

    That should change the permissions for the folder and all its files and sub directories to read/write/execute. Then you should be able to delete them. Also be aware that Linux is case sensitive so you do have to use a capital -R in the line and if your directory has caps you have to use caps the exact same way it show or it will fail

    Since you said you can find the folder in terminal you can use this command

    sudo rm -rf /path/to/folder/foldername

    That will delete the folder and its subdirectories as root.

    It will ask you for a password and when you type it in it will look like nothing is happening . It doesn't show any indication that you are typing it in. Just type the password and press Enter and it will delete the files for you.

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