MacOS X Finder cannot upload, rename or delete files via NetStorage

  • 3200039
  • 23-Nov-2007
  • 26-Apr-2012


Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES)
Novell NetStorage


While trying to upload, rename or delete files or folders using Finder, any of the following errors might occur:
  • A newer item named "" already exists in this location...
  • The operation cannot be completed because an item with name"" already exists
  • Filename "" already exists
  • The name "" is already taken. Please choose a different name
  • A folder with this name already exists


As a workaround, experienced users can use a terminal console to upload, rename and delete files or folders.
The connection to the NetStorage server can be established by either Finder or the mount_webdav command in the terminal console. You will then have remote location mounted to the file system.
Here are examples of file operations:
  • Find the mount point of your remote files and directories:
mount | grep webdav

  • Upload a file:
cp filename /mount/point/remote/dir/path

  • Rename a file
mv /mount/point/remote/dir/path/oldname /mount/point/remote/dir/path/newname

  • Delete a file
rm /mount/point/remote/dir/path/filename


Reported to Engineering