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I'm trying to run a Spring MVC 2.5 tutorial and when I run the ant script for a deploy, I get this error: deploy: [copy] Copying 2 files to C:\apache-tomcat-7.0.8\webapps\c:\projects\workspace\springapp

BUILD FAILED C:\projects\workspace\springapp\build.xml:46: Failed to copy C:\projects\workspace\springapp\war\WEB-INF\web.xml to C:\apache-tomcat-7.0.8\webapps\c:\projects\workspace\springapp\WEB-INF\web.xml due to failed to create the parent directory for C:\apache-tomcat-7.0.8\webapps\c:\projects\workspace\springapp\WEB-INF\web.xml

After reviewing the directory: springapp I saw the properties as read-only. No problem I thought as I'm logging in as administrator. However, changing the uac settings, going to a command prompt as admin and then trying to change the properties of the folder with attrib, making me the owner of the folder, changing the security settings etc... did nothing. I can't seem to change this folder to anything.

So my question is, how do I change the settings on that folder so ANT can make changes to that folder?

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Open an elevated command prompt

a. Type the following command and press Enter key:

takeown /f [path to folder] /r /d y

b. To assign the Administrators group Full Control Permissions for the folder, use this command and hit Enter key:

icacls [path to folder] /grant administrators:F /T

The /T parameter is added so that the operation is carried out through all the sub-directories and files within that folder.

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The first command worked, but I'm getting icacis is not recognized as an internal or external command error. – James Drinkard Sep 17 '12 at 21:18
icac_L_s, not icac_I_s. – Ansgar Wiechers Sep 17 '12 at 22:09
Okay, the command ran but still didn't work. I may have a corrupted user profile. – James Drinkard Sep 18 '12 at 22:44
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I think Moab's answer would have worked normally, but my root problem was a corrupted user profile. So I went and followed the steps from the Microsoft website link and it solved the problem.

I hope this helps someone if they run into this same problem.

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