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Mint live disk boots Mac but I cannot move files

Most files are movable but some throw a permission denied alert. I see some of the files are named "IMG_123.jpg" all the files that follow that naming structure are locked despite opening the folder as root. some files in the same folder are accessible but have names like goose.jpg or dog.jpg these open and transfer great.

Cannot rename the restricted files
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Question by:Derek Furman
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by:Mazdajai
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Can you post the commands you run and the errors?
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by:serialband
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What are the file permissions?  Do you have ownership of the files?  Since this is Mint, which is a fork of Ubuntu, you aren't root when you are auto logged in.  Did you become root or use sudo when you ran the commands?
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by:Derek Furman
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see that's just it I used the GUI, thought there could be a shortcut via the gui (wish full thinking methinks). So I am turning to the terminal.

I want move this folder and contents

/media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/Pictures/
TO
/media/cell3603332336/Ted/Pictures

I imagine I have to root or sudo but my experience is lacking, I am hoping you can show me the script instead of beat my head against it.

You can see I'm moving files from my mac to a external HD

one thing to note is about half the pictures will transfer but the other half throws this error "Error opening file: Permission denied"
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by:Derek Furman
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Another strange thing GIMP will open the files and allow save to a new location but this is tedious to the extreme with over 500.jpg at production resolution(big)

Gimp does not give any indication it is running as root.

Thx experts
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by:serialband
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Gimp is likely not deleting files from your HD.

If you just copy with cp instead of moving it with mv you should be fine.
Otherwise, if you really want to move the files precede the command with sudo
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by:Derek Furman
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mint@mint /media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/51 plusimages,.pages $ cp -r /media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/51 plusimages,.pages* /media/cell3603332336/Files
cp: cannot stat `/media/Macintosh': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat `HD/Users/tedmorrison/51': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat `plusimages,.pages*': No such file or directory

I'm getting a no such directory on this
any ideas on how to move the folders and contents at once?
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by:Derek Furman
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Also

mint@mint /media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/51 plusimages,.pages $ sudo cp -r /media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/51 plusimages,.pages* /media/cell3603332336/Files
cp: cannot stat `/media/Macintosh': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat `HD/Users/tedmorrison/51': No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat `plusimages,.pages*': No such file or directory
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by:Derek Furman
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this moved images but not folders
mint@mint /media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison $ sudo cp *.* /media/cell3603332336/Files
1cp: omitting directory `51 plusimages,.pages'
cp: omitting directory `Artist Directory Northwest .rtfd'
cp: omitting directory `Gaylesapp.rtfd'
cp: omitting directory `Guidelines for BW.rtfd'
cp: omitting directory `merchant.mv_files'
cp: omitting directory `mockupbroch.pages'
cp: omitting directory `Re_ Copy of page inserts.rtfd'
cp: omitting directory `suescopy.rtfd'
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by:Mazdajai
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The path must surround by quotes because there are spaces in between, try -

sudo cp -Rv '/media/Macintosh HD/Users/tedmorrison/51 plusimages,.pages*' /media/cell3603332336/Files

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by:serialband
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That also suggests that the reason your move failed was that you forgot to put quotes around the paths with spaces.
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Derek Furman earned 0 total points
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Zipped the files and moved them.
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by:Derek Furman
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The problem seems to be related to Apple file system locked permissions, sudo and root would not over ride permission on files with odd naming structure. I was able to open most the files with GIMP, which was confusing. I surmised if GIMP opens the files and I can re save them to the new location maybe I can just zip them, strange that worked. I tried many scripts but none gave me the results I needed.
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