Re: bug in fsck or ext2/ext3?

From: Dave Jones
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 13:05:21 EST

On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 05:56:39PM +0100, Antoine Martin wrote:

> I've got this snapshot of an ext3 filesystem with a directory that
> simply cannot be removed! (image below is just 1.2MB)
> As root:
> # wget
> # bunzip2 root-broken.bz2
> # mount -o loop -t ext2 root-broken ./tmp
> # rm -fr tmp/chroot.broken
> rm: cannot remove directory (...)
> Same result when trying to do anything to those files chown/chmod/touch:
> "Operation not permitted"
> Tested with e2fsprogs v1.39 on 3 systems.
> Not sure where else to post this...

Various files in the directories it complains about have their 'i'
bit set. lsattr will show you. chattr -i those files, and the
directory is removable again.


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