Unable to recirsively delete a directory

Paul McFerrin pmcferrin@columbus.rr.com
Tue Oct 16 17:18:00 GMT 2007

I've been seeing this same problem since B20!  It usually involves 
deleting a large directory tree with a few thousand files.  I just 
switch to MS-Dos mode and use their rm command without any problem.  So 
yes, looks like more than one person has seen this problem. 

- Paul

Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> Michael.MacAllister@empolis.com wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am running XP SP2. I have a drive mapped (z:). See mount output. It is
>> a
>> NAS drive that supports smb.
>> sh-3.2$ mount
>> D:\cygwin\bin on /usr/bin type system (binmode)
>> D:\cygwin\lib on /usr/lib type system (binmode)
>> D:\cygwin on / type system (binmode)
>> c: on /cygdrive/c type system (binmode,noumount)
>> d: on /cygdrive/d type system (binmode,noumount)
>> f: on /cygdrive/f type system (binmode,noumount)
>> y: on /cygdrive/y type system (binmode,noumount)
>> z: on /cygdrive/z type system (binmode,noumount)
>> I can read and write to the /z drive and I can delete individual files
>> but I
>> can't delete folders (rm -rf anypath) from the cygwin command line. I
>> get the followning error.
>> $ rm -rf /s/test/
>> rm: cannot remove directory `/s/test/': Directory not empty
>> I can delete folders if I use windows explorer, or in a Unix xterm. The
>> files belong to the user and are not locked. Does anyone have any ideas?
> Let's start here:
>> Problem reports:       http://cygwin.com/problems.html
> Include in your report a onsistent example and 'cygcheck rm' prior to 
> your
> example showing the problem.  Also, we need to know what kind of network
> drive this is and where it's coming from.  My WAG right now is that 'rm'
> isn't Cygwin's version outside of 'xterm'.

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