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Why does it say "Operation Not Supported When Attempted To Save Java Source in Eclipse IDE?

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I just implemented a directory watcher and everytime I attempt to save FileListener.java or run the program, i get the following message:

Save could not be completed.

Reason:
Operation not supported for specified element types(s):FileListener.java [in <default> [ in src/com/goodiesdirect/gnfilemonitor [in GNFileMonitor]]]

I don't understand it because FileListener is an interface and all i'm doing is specifying which methods a class must implement when implementing the interface.

package com.goodiesdirect.gnfilemonitor;

import java.io.File;

public interface FileListener {
	
	void fileChanged(File file);
	void newFile(File file);
	
}

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Help please.
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Please post the result of the following (you should be in the project directory at the command prompt)
ls -ld src/com/goodiesdirect/gnfilemonitor 

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by:davysouthernboy
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what's the dir eqivalent because i'm running windows, not linux.
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Ah. The error message is showing Unix paths

Just make sure the directory is still writable
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by:davysouthernboy
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It's writable because i can save the other 3 files that are part of the same package... just not that one java source file.
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Maybe worth looking at the perms on the file itself then. Also, make sure it's not locked by another app
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What was it?
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I'm not a hundred percent sure. I thought about a process could have a lock on the file and although I wasn't sure what would have a lock on the file, I decided to reboot and see if the problem was resolved.  Upon rebooting, the problem was gone and I figured well, it's a possibility that it was a file lock and decided to give you credit.   An older instance of my java application may have been running and I may not have realized it.  In any event, it's working now and thank you very much for your help.  :)
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Yes, probably a file lock
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