Unable to delete a number of directories...

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Thu Feb 17 15:50:00 GMT 2005


On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Evan Platt wrote:

> This is XP home, which I don't believe has folder ownership?

It does.  What it doesn't have is the UI dialog to change it.

One way to change the ownership would be Cygwin's "chown" program, but, as
you've deleted most of Cygwin, that's not really an option.

Microsoft TechNet claims that
	If you are running Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, you must
	start the computer in safe mode, and then log on with an account
	that has Administrative rights to have access to the Security tab.

(see <http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421&sd=tech>
-- first match on Google when searching for '"XP Home" change ownership').

You could also try to do this without rebooting by using the subinacl.exe
utility from Microsoft:
<http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E8BA3E56-D8FE-4A91-93CF-ED6985E3927B>).

Of course, none of the above (except possibly the "chown" bit) is
Cygwin-specific.
	Igor
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