Solved How to delete Attrib -N?

October 15, 2012 at 06:19:06
Specs: Windows XP
I have a lot of attrib -N in several files.

And I do not know how to delete. I tried everything, -a -h, etc., and not happen.


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October 15, 2012 at 08:11:10
A slight correction to my previous post. Some people report that the attribute means that the file is "non-indexed", in which case indexing it would set the attribute. See http://www.vistax64.com/vista-gener... .

But this would not make the file read-only, and all reports that I see say that the attribute is not visible in a command prompt. One thought that occurs to me - are you using a non-English version of Windows? That would possibly alter things.



#1
October 15, 2012 at 06:33:32
There is no such attribute as -N is Microsoft DOS or Windows. Please explain where it says atribb -N in your files?

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October 15, 2012 at 07:51:54
The "N" attribute (which reportedly only shows in Windows Explorer, not in a command prompt) indicates that no other attributes are set (it stands for "normal"). The only way to "clear" it would be for another attribute - such as indexed - to be set.

Don't worry about it; it's a sort of fiction, like the "System Idle" process in Task Manager.


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October 15, 2012 at 08:02:57
Thanks.

If I use attrib *.*, I see the attrib -N.

But the main problem is the -N change all files to "only read", and are impossible to work with that files.

Several time ago, some friends mention that are very difficult to kill the -N.

I suppose that are not virus, I used three anti-virus and the problem remains.

And are not a specific program, running several programs I have the same problem.

And as you realize, this block to running any program, because I need to read and write all files.

Thanks!


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October 15, 2012 at 08:11:10
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A slight correction to my previous post. Some people report that the attribute means that the file is "non-indexed", in which case indexing it would set the attribute. See http://www.vistax64.com/vista-gener... .

But this would not make the file read-only, and all reports that I see say that the attribute is not visible in a command prompt. One thought that occurs to me - are you using a non-English version of Windows? That would possibly alter things.


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#5
October 15, 2012 at 08:26:31
No, I use Windows Pro XP english.

I see the -N if I run the dos attribute, attrib *.*.

My code try to read/write a file, and stop with the message "that file do not exist". But the file really exist, but marked as "read only".

And any "attrib" do not change the -N, even if you copy to another directory and try to change.

Naturally, this block the program, as I need to write/read files.

As a matter of fact, these my codes are running for years.

Thanks!!!



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#6
October 15, 2012 at 09:33:56
Could this be a translation issue? I have never seen attrib return a -N for the 30 years I have used it. Could -N be a composite reference to the binary extended attributes?

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October 15, 2012 at 10:51:11
That's odd. The "n" attribute only appeared with Vista so I have no idea why you see it on an XP system.

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#8
October 15, 2012 at 14:30:50
Thanks, ijack, I used the procedure as in the vista.com site, and worked very well.


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#9
October 17, 2012 at 01:07:02
you can Google for the answers.

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