So I ran into an annoying little problem in GIMP where I could suddenly not save images into certain folders. I noticed it does work in some folders, but not the folders where I wanted to have my images, even on my Desktop!
The problem completely stumped me and it took me repeated searches across the internet for a solution, unable to find one.
According to GIMP, the program does not have writing permission for the folder the file is in. The error message reads: GIMP: Saving (image) failed. Could not open (path) for writing: Permission denied. Now, this shouldn’t make any sense because other programs can save into such folders just fine.
So what is it then?
Avast Free Antivirus.
I disabled the Shields temporarily and GIMP then saved just fine into the folders I wanted.
So if you’re also struggling with being unable to save images in GIMP due to error message ‘Permission denied’, try temporarily disabling your antivirus to see if it helps.