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Re: Can't remove or change a directory [corrected]



On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Gijs wrote:

> Les wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 11:44 -0800, Les wrote:
> >
> >> On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 13:49 -0500, James Pifer wrote:
> >>
> >>> I have an fc7 box that I'm trying to remove a directory on. I don't
> >>> remember why I was playing with the directory permissions in the first
> >>> place, but I just want to get rid of it.
> >>>
> >>> the directory is in /root and looks like this:
> >>> dr-xr-xr-x 1 root root 2048 2007-11-09 15:35 tmp
> >>>
> >>> I can't do anything with it. Any file change I try to make, chmod, rm,
> >>> mv, etc I get this error like:
> >>> chmod: changing permissions of `tmp': Read-only file system
> >>>
> >>> How can I get rid of this directory? I've been googling in circles and
> >>> can't find a solution.

if, indeed, you're talking about the directory /root/tmp, then what
you're describing is just strange.  typically, /root is in the
top-level root directory, and that's the filesystem that would be
relevant here.  i can't see how the root filesystem could currently be
mounted read-only.

what's the output of "mount"?  and what happens if you try to do some
trivial file operation in /root, like just "touch fubar"?

and, finally, it really could be just a weird bit of corruption.
fairly recently, i had a similar issue regarding the mount attributes
of a filesystem that just didn't make sense, and i couldn't fix it no
matter what i did.  rebooting finally resolved it, but that's my
solution of last resort.

rday

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