Could not create lock file for /home/ted/.evolution/mail/local/Inbox: Permission denied

Asked by tedpetrisor on 2008-07-29

when I try to start evolution I get this error "Could not create lock file for /home/ted/.evolution/mail/local/Inbox: Permission denied" what can I do to unlock ?

Thor Thanks for the promt reply. I tried sudo chown -R ted .evolution but received an error in terminal saying file .evolution doesn't exist. I checked to see if .evolution was still there and it is and there is a lock synbol on the folder. I went back to terminal and re entered the command sudo chown -R ted .evolution and this tim no error message however when I try to start Evolution up it gives me the same error Could not create lock file for /home/ted/.evolution/mail/local/Inbox: Permission denied Also it looks like it is tring to fetch 731 messages but I know there is not that many. Any additional advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Thor K. H.
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2008-07-31
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2008-07-31
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2008-07-30
Thor K. H. (nitrolinken) said : #1

Open up your terminal and enter "sudo chown -R ted .evolution" without the quotes.

Thor K. H. (nitrolinken) said : #2

Open up a terminal, type "sudo chown -R ted:ted .evolution/" (once again, just to make sure, followed by "chmod u+w+r -R .evolution/".

Should do the trick ;)

Oh and you don't have to edit the question to provide more information, just use the field under your question.

tedpetrisor (tedpetrisor) said : #3

Thor Marius K. Høgås wrote:

> Your question #40645 on evolution in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evolution/+question/40645
>
> Thor Marius K. Høgås proposed the following answer:
> Open up a terminal, type "sudo chown -R ted:ted .evolution/" (once
> again, just to make sure, followed by "chmod u+w+r -R .evolution/".
>
> Should do the trick ;)
>
> Oh and you don't have to edit the question to provide more information,
> just use the field under your question.
>
>
Hi Thor:
I entered the code as you instructed in terminal and after entering the
second line

chmod u+w+r -R

  I received the following:

chmod: missing operand after 'v+w+r'

I tried chmod --help to see if I could get an idea but I am still to new
to understand the help file.
I very much appreciate your help. I am using Thunderbird for the time
being but my Evolution is my main email program that has all my
important emails and I would like to keep it. Recently I have suffered
some hardware failure bad voltage regulator on my motherboard caused my
system to reboot unexpectedly and I wonder if some system file may have
become corrupted that caused Evolution to act up. More likely it was
just me fooling around with other code trying to learn Ubuntu (linux).
In any case I am willing to try any thing you suggest to save
Evolution. Thanks for all your help........Ted

Best Thor K. H. (nitrolinken) said : #4

You've read wrong my friend. You've entered an V instead of an U. ;)

tedpetrisor (tedpetrisor) said : #5

Thor:
Thank you ! Words can not express my appreciation. You have saved my most important messages for me. My Evolution is healthy. Your solution worked perfectly! I am new to the wonders of Linux. Because of your kindness and help , in your honor I shall set upon a quest to keep learning until one day I to shall be able to help someone. Today I have learned the true virtue of Open Source software.
Ted