what is stuck here?!
xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Tue Aug 23 18:48:59 GMT 2005
Garrett Cooper wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Aug 2005, Fafa Hafiz Krantz wrote:
>>> how come *nothing* happens when i rm -rf directory/?
>>> it just won't move ...
>>> top from another terminal tells me:
>>> 55272 root 116 0 14396K 13768K RUN 0:27 36.13% 35.40% rm
>>> what? the directory/ only contains a .maildir/, a .muttrc and an
>>> empty directory
>>> it's not an immutable flag that has been set,
>>> chflags -R nouchg directory/ stands equally still to rm -rf
>> Do you have any open filehandles as well in that directory? I
>> could see this as being a problem if a program is keeping one or
>> more files open in a directory and in fact the program is blocking
>> rm -rf from completing its task. However, I've never seen Unix do
>> this before; this would instead be a problem inherent of Windows.
BSD has never done that. You can safely remove open files and the
reference in the filesystem will disappear, but the underlying blocks
won't disappear until the last open file reference has been closed i.e.
the programs accessing the file continue working.
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