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An Immortal folder from the Gods cannot be deleted

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An Immortal folder from the Gods cannot be deleted

#1 Post by Stevo » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:20 am

even by root. It's left behind in the build folder after backporting Plank 0.10.1 from upstream.

It's /tests/.gvfs, so I assume it has something to do with the tests that the build procedure ran and gvfs. I own the folder, but it's read-only, and if I change it to read-write, it changes back instantly. I find lots of posts about about unremovable .gvfs files on the Net, not anything quite like this, though.

I can actually kill it and the folder it lives in by booting from another install or Live media, mounting the drive and deleting it, but that's a bit awkward...

Edit: actually it's an empty folder, OP edited to reflect this.
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Re: An Immortal file from the Gods cannot be deleted

#2 Post by lucky9 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:59 am

Sometimes you need the 'Wooden Stake Through the Heart' type of solution.
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Re: An Immortal file from the Gods cannot be deleted

#3 Post by Utopia » Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:15 am

Kept a note from last time someone had this problem. Then the solution was chattr.
chattr -i filename to remove the immutable attribute.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chattr
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Re: An Immortal file from the Gods cannot be deleted

#4 Post by uncle mark » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:34 pm

Couldn't imagine there not being a way. Sounds like something a Win malware would do.
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Re: An Immortal file from the Gods cannot be deleted

#5 Post by Eadwine Rose » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:35 pm

Oh I just had one on my livedvd with persistence. Wanting to start over I decided to delete the files that were on the thing, thunar as root. And one file would not be deleted. I cannot remember which one it was but not even root got rid of it.

Gparted did though when I simply redid the drive.



Edit: found out which file it was: ldlinux.sys

Solution: The file is set to be immutable, so you must remove that attribute before you can delete it.
# chattr -i ldlinux.sys
# rm ldlinux.sys
That did it for me. Source: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php ... 1#p1475631
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Re: An Immortal folder from the Gods cannot be deleted

#6 Post by Stevo » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:56 pm

I kept getting the message that the resource or device is busy; I assume that it's some gvfs process started during the internal test procedure that still is running. Probably killing the process would free it up...

Stevo casts Dispell Immutablity

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chattr -i .gvfs
(Something about inappropriate iocntl)

Dispell Immutability
has failed!


At this point, I just rebooted the VM and was able to remove the folder.

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