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Old 01-01-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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"No such file or directory" when using wild card


I am using Ubuntu 11.10.

I try to delete a directory using

Code:
sudo rmdir Peter/test9
and get

Code:
rmdir: failed to remove `Peter/test9': Directory not empty
I try

Code:
sudo ls Peter/test9
and see a list of files. But when I try

Code:
sudo rm Peter/test9/*
or

Code:
sudo rm Peter/test9/*.*
I get

Code:
rm: cannot remove `Peter/test9/*': No such file or directory
Code:
rm: cannot remove `Peter/test9/*.*': No such file or directory
I thought wild cards were supposed to represent any file. Also is there a way to recursivley delete a directory. I tried rmdir with the -r and -R switch but neither worked.

Thanks,
Peter.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #2
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rmdir command will delete only empty directory, and that's why you're getting error Directory not empty. But in order to remove non-empty directory or it's content, use -r option with rm as:
Code:
rm -r /path/to/dir
Also did you check path of directory which you're trying to remove, as:-
Code:
ls -la Peter/test9/*
OR, 
ls -la /Peter/test9/*
 
Old 01-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
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rmdir command will delete only empty directory, and that's why you're getting error Directory not empty. But in order to remove non-empty directory or it's content, use -r option with rm as:
Code:
rm -r /path/to/dir
Also did you check path of directory which you're trying to remove, as:-
Code:
ls -la Peter/test9/*
OR, 
ls -la /Peter/test9/*
I tried

Code:
sudo rmdir -r Peter/test9
and got

Code:
rmdir: invalid option -- 'r'
Try `rmdir --help' for more information.

I tried

Code:
ls -la Peter/test9/*
and got

Code:
ls: cannot access Peter/test9/*: No such file or directory
Thanks,
Peter

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Old 01-01-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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Once try -R option with rm.
Also did you check
Code:
ls -la /Peter/test9/*
(There should be a forward slash i.e. "/" at the beginning of the path)
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #5
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Try
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ls -al path/to/file/.*.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:09 PM   #6
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Once try -R option with rm.
Also did you check
Code:
ls -la /Peter/test9/*
(There should be a forward slash i.e. "/" at the beginning of the path)
Code:
sudo rmdir -R Peter/test9
rmdir: invalid option -- 'R'
Code:
ls -la /Peter/test9/*
ls: cannot access /Peter/test9/*: No such file or directory
I didn't expect the second one to work snce it is the absolute path from the root.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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Try
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ls -al path/to/file/.*.
Code:
sudo ls -al Peter/test9/.*.
ls: cannot access Peter/test9/.*.: No such file or directory
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:18 PM   #8
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Can you cd in test9 dir?? run pwd from there
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:23 PM   #9
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Can you cd in test9 dir?? run pwd from there
Code:
pwd
/var/www/Dracula/Peter/test9
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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Ok, you may be running it from your current dir.
Anyway, once check that does Peter and test9 directories exist or not:-
Code:
ls -ld Peter test9
Check content of Peter/test9, what's inside it:-
Code:
ls -la Peter/test9

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Old 01-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #11
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When you run ls -al what dir are you in
It looks like you are in /var/www/Dracula
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:37 PM   #12
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When you run ls -al what dir are you in
It looks like you are in /var/www/Dracula
Yes. That is correct.

Thanks,
Peter.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #13
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Ok, you may be running it from your current dir.
Anyway, once check that does Peter and test9 directories exist or not:-
Code:
ls -ld Peter test9
Check content of Peter/test9, what's inside it:-
Code:
ls -la Peter/test9
Code:
sudo ls -ld Peter test9
ls: cannot access test9: No such file or directory
drwx------ 13 www-data www-data 4096 2013-01-01 13:16 Peter
Code:
sudo ls -la Peter/test9
total 23152
drwxr-xr-x  2 www-data www-data     4096 2013-01-01 12:15 .
drwx------ 13 www-data www-data     4096 2013-01-01 13:16 ..
-rw-r--r--  1 www-data www-data 11725082 2013-01-01 12:15 file1.cel
-rw-r--r--  1 www-data www-data 11971599 2013-01-01 12:15 file2.cel
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:41 PM   #14
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From Dracula, ls -l shows correct permissions
 
Old 01-01-2013, 02:55 PM   #15
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I take it you are a member of www-data
 
  


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