Fwd: Re: random errors from "rm"

Eric Blake ebb9@byu.net
Mon Feb 28 18:16:00 GMT 2005


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Forwarding this email exchange from the coreutils list for archival
purposes, in case any one else has similar problems.  I personally cannot
reproduce it (I don't use the Norton tool mentioned).  Could it be that
Norton Protection Recycle Bin interferes is interfering with the unlink()
call used in the rm command?


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Life is short - so eat dessert first!

Eric Blake             ebb9@byu.net


- -------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Re: random errors from "rm"
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 00:37:47 -0500
From: Gee M Wong <gwong210 AT comcast DOT net>
To: Bob Proulx <bob AT proulx DOT com>
CC: Eric Blake <ebb9@byu.net>
References: <20050226041104.GB13449 AT dementia DOT proulx DOT com>

Thnaks for your time and patience.  After carefully comparing my desktop
against my laptop, I have observed that disabling "Norton Protection Recycle
Bin" on drive C: eliminated all the problems I have encountered.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Proulx" <bob AT proulx DOT com>
To: "Gee M Wong" <gwong210 AT comcast DOT net>
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 23:11
Subject: Fwd: Re: random errors from "rm"


> Since Eric did not CC I am not sure you saw his message.  So I am
> forwarding it.
>
> Bob
>
> ----- Forwarded message from Eric Blake <ebb9@byu.net> -----
>
> From: Eric Blake <ebb9@byu.net>
> Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 22:37:46 +0000 (UTC)
> To: bug-coreutils AT gnu DTO org
> Subject: Re: random errors from "rm"
>
> Bob Proulx <bob <at> proulx.com> writes:
> >
> > Gee M Wong wrote:
> > > I updated to the setup 2.457.2.2 from 2.427 and started getting
> > > random errors from "rm".
> >
> > What do the numbers "2.457.2.2 from 2.427" mean in this context?  I
> > can't place them.  They don't seem to be related to GNU coreutils.
>
> That sounds suspiciously like the version numbers of the setup.exe program
used
> to install cygwin, but they have no bearing on your installed version of
either
> cygwin or coreutils, so I cannot offer more help without more information.
I do
> suggest, however, that you take cygwin specific questions to cygwin AT
cygwin
> DOT com, not here.
>
> >
> > It seems strange to me that your user name and group names are
> > capitalized strings "Gee" and "None".  You have a group "None"?
> > Strange but probably okay.
>
> "None" is a standard group name on Windows NT, typically found on home
> installations that have no need for fancier group memberships.
>
> >For example:
> > >   Gee@gee ~
> > >   $ echo 123 > aaa
> > > 
> > >   Gee@gee ~
> > >   $ ls -l
> > >   total 1
> > >   -rw-r--r--  1 Gee None 5 Feb 24 20:20 aaa
> > > 
> > >   Gee@gee ~
> > >   $ rm aaa
> > >   rm: cannot remove `aaa': No such file or directory
> > > 
> > >   Gee@gee ~
> > >   $ ls -l
> > >   total 0
> > > 
> > >   Gee@gee ~
> > >   $
>
> I can't reproduce that on cygwin, either on Win9x or on WinXP, so I have
no clue
> where your problem is coming from.
>
> > That does seem strange.  You created the file so it should be in your
> > default group.  Now you should be able to remove the file.  However I
> > wonder about a few things.  What is the output of these commands?
> >
> >   id
> >
> >   ls -ld
> >
> >   ls -ldn . aaa
> >
> > I would also see if other commands also have errors.
> >
> >   perl -e 'unlink( <at> ARGV) or die " <at> ARGV: $!\n"' aaa
> >
> > But other than these things I can't imagine what would create the
> > behavior you are seeing.
> >
> > Bob
> >
> --
> Eric Blake
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