5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2011 4:54 PM by TGH
TGH Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
I am trying to rename my Movie folder for troubleshooting reasons. I want to change Movies → Movies.old to test some errors I have been getting. I have been able to change every other name in my Home Folder, but not Movies.

Does anyone have any idea of what could cause this?

G5 PPC 1.8 Ghz 2 Ghz RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 17" 2.16 Ghz MBP 1 GB RAM (10.6 Snow Leopard)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (71,350 points)
    There are certain folders which are reserved by the System - I'm surprised if that's the only one you haven't been able to change. Folders such as Movies, Documents, Pictures, Music, Library, Public and Sites should be left alone.
  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,590 points)
    Movies has the Deny Delete ACL set on it, which prevents a user from changing or deleting it. Documents, Library, Desktop, and the other OS X supplied home folder subfolders have it too.

    Run this command in Terminal to remove this ACL from your Movies folder:

    chmod -N ~/Movies

    You then should be able to rename that folder with Finder. If you want to put the Deny Delete ACL back on, use this:

    chmod +a "everyone deny delete" ~/Movies
  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (42,085 points)
    Yes, you don't have permission to do it. You can change it in the Terminal. Search for the unix move (mv) command.
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (71,350 points)
    TGH - please be aware (as you possibly already are) that if you want to follow the advice in this thread about using the Terminal you must enter the data exactly as given, including spaces, and be very careful what you do. You can do immense damage in the Terminal, and there are no 'are you sure' warnings.
  • TGH Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
    Everyone, thanks for the advice (and warnings). I do appreciate it. Rest assured, this is not my first time 'round the bend, so I'm careful. I did figure out the solution and it was Király's post that got me moving in the right direction.

    I didn't do exactly what you posted, I stayed with a process I'm more familiar with. In Terminal I did the following:

    1. ls -le ~/ (this gave me the permissions and ACL's) I saw ~/Movies had 0: group:everyone deny delete

    2. chmod -a# 0 ~/Movies (removed the 0 ACL entry)