Unable to delete files/directories - bogus user/group ID's

Beech Rintoul beech at alaskaparadise.com
Mon Apr 23 09:16:08 UTC 2007

On Sunday 22 April 2007, Don O'Neil said:
> I had a crash on a disk array last week that was severe enough that
> fsck wouldn't fix it, even in single user mode. So, I was forced to
> suck off the good data, and restore the bad stuff from backups.
> However there are 2 directories that contain files/directories
> which have bogus user & group ID's that the system just won't let
> me do anything to. I can delete them, cant rename them, cant move
> them, cant chmod/chown, cant cat to them, nothing... I just get
> "Operation not permitted".
> Here's a sample of one of them:
> ---xr----x  1 2761022747  1016642816  0 Apr 19 15:35 Video
> d--s---rw-  2 3251161791  726015594  512 Apr 19 15:41 .shrc
> Anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of these files?
> I've done an fsck from single user mode and that doesn't come up
> with anything. Short of copying all the data over to a new volume
> sans these files and then reformatting the old volume and then
> moving the good files back what can I do?
> Any assistance would be appreciated. I'd also like to thank
> everyone who browses this group and regularly posts responses...
> Without you guys some of us would never get the help and knowledge
> we need! Thanks in advance!

Try doing: 
chflags -R noschg directory 


chflags noschg file

See: man(1) chflags


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