Removing wierd file

Bill Moran wmoran at
Mon Apr 19 16:47:44 PDT 2004

Paul English wrote:
> One of my former users has a strange file in her directory and I can't
> remove, chown or chmod it as root.
> ls -l
> total 0
> -rwxrws--T  1 1708453043  4187987649  0 Oct  9  2001 10009_dir
> It was created over nfs by arcinfo running on a Sun machine. I have no
> idea why it would have those permissions, let alone the invalied UID/GID.
> Suggestions anyone?

Last time I saw anything remotely like this, I had to reboot to single-user
mode and fsck the partition.  Afterwards, I was able to rm the file without

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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