bad file descriptor

heikki soerum heikkis at
Tue Jun 17 06:49:13 PDT 2003

On Tue, 17 Jun 2003 09:06:10 -0400 (EDT)
Jaime <jaime at> wrote:
> 	Can anyone explain this?  It looks like I can't delete a given
> file.  This file has been causing weird errors with just about
> everything, including tar, rm, ls -l, etc.  It resides on a vinum
> RAID-5 array, which is the only strange thing I can think of about it.
> zeus# ls
> #pico29506#                     .login                          .shrc 
>                          cdtashirt.jpg
> .addressbook                    .login_conf                    
> .spamassassin             
>             .mail_aliases                   December 2002
>      dead.letter
> .aspell.en.prepl                .mailrc                        
> Documents                       mail.aspell.en.pws                 
> .pinerc                         Lawrence.JPG                   
> mbox.aspell.english.prepl           .profile                       
> October 2002 Newsletter.doc     public_html.aspell.english.pws        
>     .qmail.backup.from.cyrus        October 2002 Newsletter.doc.
> .cshrc                          .rhosts                         acker
> zeus# rm "#pico29506#"
> rm: #pico29506#: Bad file descriptor
> zeus# whoami
> root

# is usually an special character, I usually delete such files with
Midnight Commander (mc shell), another possibility might be to not use
"" but rather use an \ backslash before every special character.
I'm not guaranteeing that it would work though. :/

Heikki S.

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