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 Post subject: Cannot overwrite folders
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:40 pm 
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I try to copy a new folder over an old one with the same name. I want every file of the new folder to replace the file of the old folder with the same name, if exists. Instead of this, I get the message:

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ERROR: Directory not empty


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 Post subject: Re: Cannot overwrite folders
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:20 pm 
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I have noticed a similar but not identical problem - using spaceFM under iceWM within Luddite an attempt to cut/paste one forder or selection of folders into another the 'paste' option is greyed out and unavailable. I thought it might be normal for spaceFM ? I have seen the same under Berta Caceres although can't prove that as I went back to Luddite for a while.


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 Post subject: Re: Cannot overwrite folders
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:11 pm 
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Likely your problem is the fact that both folders have the exact same name, change one name slightly, & try again.

Or, you could try this command from a terminal.
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cp -a newfolder/* /oldfolder


Edit: You may need to use sudo, or the root account, if you don't 'own' the directory.

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 Post subject: Re: Cannot overwrite folders
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:20 pm 
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Reading post #1 reminded me of a known spacefm bug (reported to github issue tracker against v1.0.5).
The bug is specific to files residing on a FAT32 target. Even sudo/root may be unable to perform a directory overwrite (or delete) operation.

As for rox-filer, idunno (post #1 lacks sufficient detail)


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