How to 'root-access' and delete a 'locked folder' at the desktop?

Jared Greenwald greenwaldjared at
Sat Mar 1 10:01:13 UTC 2008

What is the exact error message you get from the command-line?

On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 4:27 AM, Bas Roufs <basroufs at> wrote:
> Dear everybody
>  About one month ago, I downloaded 'hplip-2.7.12': a Linux driver for my
>  HP 930C printer. I managed to install and to properly start using it. My
>  printer works quite smoothly ever since that moment. However, one little
>  but nasty problem still remains: I simply do not manage to remove the
>  original download folder ''hplip-2.7.12' from my desktop. Whenever and
>  however trying to remove that folder, I get the message that I do not
>  have 'access rights to this location'. Attempts to  simply MOVE away
>  that folder from the desktop to any other part of the hard disk always
>  end up in the same non-result :-) When looking at the folder properties
>  via Konqueror or Dolphin, it becomes clear that it is a 'locked folder':
>  the user is 'root' and the group is also 'root'.  Under the heading
>  'access permissions' I see that only the owner can 'change permissions'.
>  So, I tried a few logical steps to fix the problem. I switched to root
>  status in four ways in order to clarify my owner status:
>  * ALT  F2 > kdesu konqueror
>  * ALT F2 > kdesu dolphin
>  * Terminal session > root shell.
>  * Terminal session > root shell midnight commander.
>  However, none of these four ways delivered me a possibility to
>  'root-access' desktop in order to remove or at least move  to elsewhere
>  the hplip download folder, away from the desktop.
>  Is anybody able to deliver any clue to fix this little nasty problem :-)?
>  Thanks for any reply. Respectfully Yours,
>  Bas.
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