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The 'I cannot edit any file' HOW-TO

From: Markus Karg <markus.karg_at_quipsy.de>
Date: 2005-09-01 12:26:41 CEST

Dear Subclise Community,
today I spent more than an hour because nothing worked in Subclipse. All files had a red badge and I was not able to edit them. Subclipse told me that I have to lock the files, but was not able to lock them. Also I was not able to unlock them. I tried thousand things but there was no solution. But then I found it.
To prevent you from suffering the same paine, here is a small HOW-TO for solving this issue. Maybe the subclipse admins like to add it to the official FAQ.
Each file has a red badge.
You cannot modify a file.
You cannot lock.
You cannot unlock.
Nothing helps. Neither update not cleanup nor rebooting Eclipse.
The files in your local workspace have the read-only bit set.
(In my case, it was set by VSS, since before I was using SVN the project was hosted in a VSS repository. And VSS sets the read-only bit on every file it manages unless you have it checked out).
Go to a command shell (Windows: CMD.EXE)
Remove the read-only bit (Windows: CD to local workspace, ATTRIB -R *.* /S).
Update the local workspace (svn update).
Back in Eclipse refresh the project (e. g. press F5 on the project's top folder).
The badges should be gone after some seconds, and you should be able to do whatever you want.
Have Fun
Received on Thu Sep 1 20:26:41 2005

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