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Old 03-05-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Angry rm: cannot remove directory `ff': Directory not empty


Nothing I do will delete this dir, and it couldn't be anyome empty! what the ....?
 
Old 03-05-2005, 06:04 PM   #2
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there are no dot files in it? show use the output of "ls -la /that/direc/tory/"
 
Old 03-05-2005, 06:05 PM   #3
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Have tried the following command ' rm -drf ff '. Requires root to do this operation.

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Old 03-05-2005, 06:18 PM   #4
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here is a the 'ls -la output'
//
dhcp-17:ff # ls -la
total 8
drwxrwxrwx 1 root users 4096 Mar 5 18:07 .
drwxrwxrwx 3 root users 4096 Mar 5 18:07 ..
//

also:
# rm -drf ff
rm: cannot remove directory `ff': Directory not empty
 
Old 03-06-2005, 02:02 PM   #5
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Red face

anybody?
 
Old 03-06-2005, 03:17 PM   #6
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What about rmdir?
rmdir ff
 
Old 03-06-2005, 03:46 PM   #7
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same output error
 
Old 03-07-2005, 04:04 AM   #8
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Have you tried running fsck on that partition? Maybe the filesystem has errors.

You can reboot and force fsck to run as it reboots if you use shutdown -Fr in a console.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:23 AM   #9
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That was it, not sure why i didnt think about that... thanks tredegar
 
Old 05-08-2008, 01:46 PM   #10
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Try:
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rm -R directoryname/*
and then 
rm -R directoryname
 
Old 05-08-2008, 03:29 PM   #11
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also try: find . -name 'directoryname*' |xargms rm -fr
 
Old 05-08-2008, 03:53 PM   #12
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@ Cyhaxor & Omer Fadul,
I don't know how you reached this thread, or why you thought you should post to it, but it was answered three YEARS ago.
It is DEAD and should be left to rest in peace.

Last edited by tredegar; 05-08-2008 at 03:54 PM.
 
Old 05-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tredegar View Post
It is DEAD and should be left to rest in peace.
Go easy. I've accidentally posted to old threads, too. Generally due to a search I did on a subject, and didn't look at the last post date.
 
Old 05-12-2008, 01:28 AM   #14
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Dear tredegar
firstly, there is no rule stopping me to post to any threads on this site. beside i was facing the same problem a few weeks a go and i was unable to remove all the files on /var/log/clientmailqueue because i am not using sendmail or postfix services and all root emails was logged to that directory; the total number of files exceeded 635,981 files, the ususal rm -f did not work, and after alot of work i reach to that solution. all i was trying to add was to share my knowledge with others.
 
Old 06-03-2008, 03:06 AM   #15
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i have the same problem
# rm -R Qtopia/*
rm: cannot remove `Qtopia/*': No such file or directory

check
# df -h Qtopia/
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1 3.0G 69M 2.8G 3% /opt/Qtopia

U can try
# umount Qtopia/
# rm -rf Qtopia/
 
  


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