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Terminal - How to unlock files ...
September 24, 2023 5:08 AM
Sometimes you'll find that a file is locked when you use "Get Info" to see the details and attributes of a file.
This is how you can unlock the file in Terminal:
chflags nouchg /path/to/locked/file
or recursively an entire directory and its sub directories:
chflags -R nouchg /path/to/locked/files/directory
chflags = change flags on files/folders such as "locked"
-R = recursive or for everything and follow directories within the specified directory
nouchg = means the file can be changed (clear the user immutable flag)
Note that sometimes files are locked on a level where you cannot unlock a file, not even as a super user (sudo)!