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Old 05-19-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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Unhappy I cannot delete the old backup files


Does anyone know how to delete the old backup files with yum as super user (su)?! I am running on fedora 10 remade to desktop (installed only 'f10-i686 live' on a HD). It is a small wonder, but I still cannot manage it. Pls., advise

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Old 05-19-2009, 12:48 PM   #2
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I guess I don't understand what do you mean by "old backup files" and "with yum" in the same sentence.
When some packages are updated a post script saves the new configuration files as "whatever.rpmsave".
Also, yum can keep the files on the cache.

So, can you explain this a little more ? Maybe you are not using the right term...
 
Old 05-19-2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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Old backups

I installed a package Simple backup for desktop use from the package list. On my PC it does not work as intended (the controls are not accepted by the backup utility). I instructed it to remove the old backups and it didn't do so. The backups are on the desktop, managed by root. If I enter the terminal as su how can I remove these backups. What is their extension '*.~' or something else.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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You can use the rm command to remove file.

i.e.

Code:
rm -i file_name
Read http://www.computerhope.com/unix/urm.htm before ever running the rm command and always research a command before running so you know exactly what it does.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #5
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It doesn't work. It is not a joke.
(I renamed it after the backup manager was unable to manage it, because the name was too long. I have also another backup of the system with original file name, if this is a problem)

In the properties settings I read:
Basic
Name: 1
Type: folder (inode/directory)
Contents: unreadable
Location:/home/user-f10
Volume: unknown
Permissions:
Owner: root
Group: root
How can I move it at least to a flash memory. There are three backups to delete and the fourth one is the last back up, and I need it I guess.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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as far as I know there IS NO file that
Code:
su -
cd /to/the/folder/it/is/in 
rm FileName
-- or --
rm -f FileName
-- or --
rm -fR FolderName
will not remove
you can even REMOVE THE RUNNING opperating system with
DO NOT TRY
Code:
su -
rm -fR /
 
Old 05-19-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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It is a directory with backup of the system.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 05:46 PM   #8
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Code:
rm -rf folder_name
Will remove it
 
Old 05-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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yes, the guys above are all correct. try "rm -rf folder_name" as emclinux pointed.
anyway, a good way to get the permissions of a folder/file is "ls -ld folder_name". The information returned is far better than the basic properties you gave to us in a previous post.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 11:35 PM   #10
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Thanks guys. You are great. Are you curious to see the terminal log:

[user-f10@localhost ~]$ su -
Password:
[root@localhost ~]# cd /home/user-f10
[root@localhost user-f10]# rm 1
rm: cannot remove `1': Is a directory
[root@localhost user-f10]# rm -f 1
rm: cannot remove `1': Is a directory
[root@localhost user-f10]# rm -fR 1
[root@localhost user-f10]# rm -fR 2
[root@localhost user-f10]# rm -fR 3
[root@localhost user-f10]#

All the three are removed successfully and the system is in good shape. Thank you a lot.
 
Old 05-19-2009, 11:48 PM   #11
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The next question.
How can I make a backup of the system on a live CD with automatic recovery?
 
Old 06-18-2009, 09:25 AM   #12
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