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Error message when deleting pictures

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I have just sorted through 15,000 pictures and selected 780 to delete. However when I try to I just get a message saying "This operation is no permitted." much to my frustration! Any help or advice would be much appreciated 

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Re: Error message when deleting pictures

Hey there @joe342, it looks like your Home directory may be "locked". In order to fix this, you can try the following:
Right-click on your Home folder ( /Users/{your username} ) and choose "Get Info". Then, uncheck the "Locked" checkbox.
If you would like to perform these actions through the command line, you can do so with the following steps:
  1. Open the Terminal (found in /Applications/Utilites)
  2. Copy and paste the following line into the Terminal and press RETURN. You'll be prompted for your computer user's password (not your Dropbox password) after entering the first command.
sudo chflags -R nouchg ~
Please bear in mind that if you have intentionally locked any folders in your Home folder, this will unlock them. After doing this, you can re-lock any folders that need to be locked that are not in your Dropbox folder.
Another possible cause of such a behavior would be local network sharing or folder redirection preferences setup in folders or files within your Dropbox. 
Similar effects can also happen when your Dropbox folder or its system files are located in a mounted network drive or a remote location (like roaming profiles) as this could cause Dropbox to not have constant access or permissions to operate in those locations.
For these reasons, I'd suggest that you ensure that your setup doesn't include any of the above scenarios. 
In any case, let me know how it goes and I’ll make sure to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!

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Error message when deleting pictures
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