Problem with deleting files

Robert Backhaus robbak at
Thu Sep 1 20:25:13 PDT 2005

On 9/1/05, Gregory Nou <gregorynou at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm currently experiencing a weird problem : some of my folders are
> completely empty (ls -a doesn't even mention . or ..)
> But, I cannot remove them, and a ls is very very slow (but just in those
> folders, and it is quite rare, but now I cannot update firefox, nor
> openoffice, because make clean will fail).

This will happen if you try to delete folders while background fsck is
operating. The files are being retained in the "snapshot" of the disk
that fsck is cleaning. It will go away once the filesystem checks are
finished. You can watch the progress of fstab with "ps -waux |grep

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