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Old 05-13-2003, 10:23 AM   #1
Ju Deddo Koinu
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Ghost Files

I'm not sure how they're 'made', but I have several files on my linux partition as well as a FAT16 parition. I gave up when it was just a fat16 problem, assuming that linux just couldn't modify the files for some reason. now a folder has done the same thing on my linux partition. what's happening is that linux gives me a 'file does not exist' error when I copy/cut/paste/overwrite/move/edit/delete the file. I used KDE's Konquerer to browse to the files/folder, and it shows an icon with a padlock on it, and konquerer gives me the same error. These files and folder are a couple of mp3's, a text file, and a folder containing no data. (I remember from past interactions with the files/folder). What I want to do is simply get rid of them - delete them. I'm not concerned with recovering their contents at all. How do I get rid of them?
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Have you tried logging in as root and deleting them?
Old 05-13-2003, 09:31 PM   #3
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what are the names of the files? if they have stupid names then delete them as root if they dont have dont delete them they are there for a reason.
Old 05-20-2003, 02:31 PM   #4
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Well, the files are a couple of files... there are 2 or 3 MP3 songs that don't play in xmms, and I'd like to delete them and replace with new copies, and there is a text file or two containing nothing important. All these files are ones that I have created or downloaded for personal use - they're not tied to the system at all.

deleting from root doesn't work either. It's as though they are permanent files. When I try to delete them, it tells me "file does not exist", even though I can see it there - rebooting doesn't even make it disappear, and they show up in other user accounts as well.


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