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Old 09-05-2007, 06:37 PM   #1
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cant uninstall file no matter what? even though i own it.

dir1 drwxr-xr-x

cd dir1

ls -a


config permissions are -rwx------

anyways i installed this program at my paid arpa member shell account at called centericq

it allows you to use your msn instant messenger through the shell.

Im supposed to have read write and execute privs in my home dir

cant login as su (of course)

any ideas as to how to get rid of this file?

ive tried rm * , rm config.... and get no error messages but the file wont dissapear..

thanks for any tips.

i cant erase the parent dir1 either (tried rm -r dir1)


Last edited by tjamnz; 09-05-2007 at 06:40 PM.
Old 09-05-2007, 06:48 PM   #2
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ls -Alh dir1
Also nice would be the OS it is running and the output of uname -a.

It might be that something is still using the file. I know on cygwin once I removed a file and it wouldn't actualy disappear until I closed the program that had it open.
Old 09-05-2007, 06:51 PM   #3
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It is not clear from your post what the error messages are, but this **should** get rid of the file:

cd /path/parent_directory ....#i.e. cd to the directory which contains the file
rm -rf parent_directory

You say you are the owner....can you do chmod to change permissions?
Old 09-06-2007, 01:05 AM   #4
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$ ls -Alh dir1
total 27B
-rwx------ 1 t**** arpa 27B Sep 5 21:32 config

NetBSD sdf 2.1.0_STABLE NetBSD 2.1.0_STABLE (sdf) #0: Fri Mar 30 02:24:32 UTC 2007
root@ol:/var/sys/arch/alpha/compile/sdf alpha

yeah i can do chmod too.

$ pwd

$ ls
INBOX.Drafts INBOX.Trash dead.letter mail mydocs
INBOX.Sent Mail dir1 mbox myftp

$ cd dir1
$ pwd

$ ls -a
. .. config

$ rm -rf parent directory
$ cd ..
$ ls
INBOX.Drafts INBOX.Trash dead.letter mail mydocs
INBOX.Sent Mail dir1 mbox myftp
$ # you can see dir1 is still there

ok now i'll try from $home

$ cd
$ rm dir1
rm: dir1: is a directory
$ rm -r dir1
$ ls
INBOX.Drafts INBOX.Trash dead.letter mbox myftp
INBOX.Sent Mail mail mydocs
$ # i tried this before and it didnt work earlier hmm..
$ # anyways...
$ # its finally gone.. thanks for all your help...
$ # glad to be new member!

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Last edited by tjamnz; 09-06-2007 at 01:18 AM. Reason: updated a few times during troubleshooting


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