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Old 05-16-2005, 03:30 AM   #1
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ReadOnly Directory problems

I've got some directories that I can't delete

rm /mnt/backup/main/
rm: cannot remove `/mnt/backup/main//first.doc': Read-only file system
I'm not sure how it became a readonly file system, certainly other directories on that partition are deletable and I can still write files to the partition which is mounted /dev/hdb2 on /mnt/backup?

How did only some of the directories become readonly and how can I rectify it?
Old 05-16-2005, 06:03 AM   #2
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problem solved now, but not until after 2 server reboots and mounting the drive specifically read/write, why that would be I don't know.
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Cannot delete readonly directories and files.

Partitioned and added a new usb drive. Applications were writing directories and files that were read-only and could not be deleted. Reformatting worked until applications added files.

Finally, I used Manage Disk Partitions to unmount the drive. I then selected expert mode and options. I changed the options to: NOSUID, USER, NOEXEC, NODEV; saved and remounted. I was then able delete any file or directory.

Original fstab entry:
# Entry for /dev/sdc1 :
UUID=52b0773b-97c4-41f0-ab61-f0a28f41d224 /usb40 ext4 user,noatime,user_xattr 0 0

After fstab entry:
# Entry for /dev/sdc1 :
UUID=52b0773b-97c4-41f0-ab61-f0a28f41d224 /usb40 ext4 user 0 0

I will be a little more careful partitioning and setting options for new drives.

I am sure there are other application/security situations this will not help, but it took care of my problem.


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