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Old 11-16-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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as root can not delete files in users home

i'm using slak12

a few days ago this box has been really lagging logged in as joe.
i'm figuring maybe theres a lot a junk in joe's home.

so as root i goto /home/joe and do a clean up(since logged in as joe it's totaly lagged).

logged in as root using konqueror
selected file(s) "move to trash" i get
Could not write to file /home/.Trash-0/info/.mcop.trashinfo.
in shell:

rm -f [any file] or any try with rm "permission denied"
chown root:root * only gives "permission denied"

cant delete /home/joe

theres 8 files i never noticed before there

i'm stumped. right now i'd like to just dump the entire /home/joe dir!
all files there that are worth anything are symlinked to another drive or network.

anyone see this before oir can help me dump this dir?

Old 11-16-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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Can you switch to single user mode and try rm -rf /home/joe?
"telinit 1"
Old 11-16-2007, 08:12 PM   #3
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try using "shred -fu /home/joe"
Old 11-16-2007, 09:52 PM   #4
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I practically never use the trash. However you had the same problem in the shell. What are the permissions of files in /home/joe, as well as the directories /home and /home/joe. Look with "getattr", "getfattr" and "lasttr" as well. If a file has the immutable bit set, even root can't delete files. If you are running selinux or apparmor, a misconfiguration could cause problems as well.

Also, look how the filesystem is mounted. If there was a problem with the filesystem, that partition might be mounted readonly.

As far as the server lagging, does top show anything interesting? If /home isn't on it's own partition, /var and /tmp might be full. I had a problem with YaST previously on my laptop. The /var/tmp directory was filling up with thousands of temporary directories, exceeding the inode limit.


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