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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: Sudden? Conversion of a file to a read only file
Date Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:27:24 GMT
On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:21:06 -0500
Janis Langins <> wrote:

> A file I have updating daily (quite long, about 340 pages) has 
> inexplicably for reasons I cannot understand converted to a Read Only 
> file.  I have tried to get around this by copy the file from another 
> folder where did not convert to a Read Only to overwrite this 
> file.  It stays Read Only.  I have erased it and copied from my other 
> folder and it becomes a Read Only.
> Any idea of what is going on and how can I stop this?
> Thank you
> Janis Langins

At system level, with OpenOffice closed, enable viewing of hidden and system files for your
computer. You will find a hidden file with a name like ".~lock.YourFileName.odt#"
in  the file directory. Delete this file and all should be well.

Note that this file is typically a few hundred bytes in size, whereas the actual file thhat
owns ir will be a minimum of about 6-7 KBytes in size (in your case I would expect much larger).
If you are in doubt, please get a computer experienced person  to assist.

Note that the instructions given in another reply to this query (by
are correct for linux, but you are using Windowswhere they won't work.

Such lock files can be left over after a program or system crash, or sometimes after too speedy
a close down of the computer.

Rory O'Farrell <>

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