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Old 03-01-2004, 10:17 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2004
Location: austin, TX
Distribution: slackware 10
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unable to remove files/folders

I installed suse 9.0 and was trying to download Mozilla's Firefox 0.8 tarball for installation. I tar'ed it and then ran "firefox" according to installation instructions:

- Log in as Root
- Open the console
- CD to the directory where you DLed the file
- type: tar -xvzf firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz
- type: cd firefox
- type: ./firefox


However, it didn't install as it was supposed to, and now I am unable to remove the firefox directory or any of the files within. I keep getting error messages saying that it cannot access those files. I have attempted removal as root and still the same thing. Can someone tell me what the hangup would be?

tim s
Old 03-01-2004, 10:55 AM   #2
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Location: New Delhi, India
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Did you untar and decompress as root and then tried to delete it as a normal user? Only in that case can access to that directory be denied....

Log in as root and remove the firefox directory with the command below:

rm -rf firefox-0.8

I hope it works...If it dosent, post the exact error messages that you are getting..


Old 03-01-2004, 11:01 AM   #3
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I will try that when I get home tonight.

I did try rmdir --ignore-fail-on-non-empty as root, and that didn't work. I don't recall if I was logged in as root when i untarred the file, but most likely was.

tim s


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