Installed QGIS 3.0 (w/Python 3.6.5) to replace v2.X. Started a new project - imported shapefiles and everything looks good.

Problem: Click "Create New Shapefile Layer" and I get the pulldown menu (file name, geomeotry type, etc.) Fill everything out and click "ok" I get this:

Layer creation failed. Please check message log for further information.

Message log says this:

2018-04-13T09:04:34 Warning:

That's it. Warning is blank. Under the OGR tab I've got:

2018-04-13T09:04:34 WARNING Creation of OGR data source SG sites.shp failed: Failed to create file SG sites.shp: Permission denied.

Why is my permission being denied. Tried a full reinstall but results are the same.

closed as off-topic by Ian Turton Apr 13 '18 at 16:32

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  • which directory are you trying to write to? do you by some chance not have permission to write there? – Ian Turton Apr 13 '18 at 13:20
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    Try without whitespace in the name – BERA Apr 13 '18 at 13:25

Thanks - problem solved. It was a problem with admin priv. Had another user on this machine yesterday and the permissions had been changed. Switched to 'admin' and now it works as expected.


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