removing weired file from ext3 filesystem
tdldev at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 14:18:38 UTC 2008
On Mon, 2008-02-25 at 06:19 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Sven Richter wrote:
> > Hi,
> > i have a big problem here.
> > I have a backup hard drive with an ext3 partition.
> > One of my friends made a backup on it with some gentoo portage
> > things.
> > Now that he is gone i wanted to delete the 4 files which are taking
> > 8GB away but i am not allowed to do so.
> > And it is really weired.
> > Here is the output from ls -lisa in the directory:
> > 2294475 4 drwsrwsrwt 1 garfield garfield 4096 2008-02-25 13:57 .
> > 2294466 4 drwsrwsrwt 3 garfield garfield 4096 2008-02-24 17:40 ..
> > 2295969 0 ?r-S-w-rwx 22388 1493481812 2730945560 0 1994-07-14 01:13
> > xs_colors.h
> > 2295970 0 ?-w--wSrwT 11213 1860258772 3079427123 0 1994-03-27 20:32
> > xs_hsv.c
> > 2295973 0 ?r-Sr-srw- 41851 2051597284 2199566066 0 1951-07-26 13:33
> > xs_visual.c
> > 2295975 0 ?r-srwxr-x 32895 3767851949 2220932723 0 1941-10-18 11:42
> > xs_yarandom.h
Have you tried
cd <effected directory>
sudo chmod -S xs_colors.h
sudo chmod -s xs_yarandom.h
sudo chmod -S xs_hsv.c
then rm -f <filename>
sudo erase <effected directory>>
It's odd that the current and parent indicators also have those
permissions (s and t bits set)
As an aside, try strings on any of those files. If they aren't what they
should be (which is 'C' source code), I'd have a serious talk with your
> > And sudo rm -v xs_colors.h gives me:
> > rm: remove write-protected weird file `xs_colors.h'? y
> > rm: cannot remove `xs_colors.h': Operation not permitted
> > The same happens when i try to chmod or chown the files
> > as sudo or user.
> > The output of file xs_colors.h is:
> > xs_colors.h: ERROR: invalid mode 074427
> > I even tried to remove the file over the inode with
> > find . i number -exec rm ...
> > But i dont have the permissions :D
> > So i unmounted the partition and started to check it with fdisk.
> > It found a lot of errors to much for me, so i started fdisk -a.
> > fdisk fiddled around for a while and and then died with the message
> > that there are errors that have to be handled manually.
> > But again fdisk without -a needs a 1000 user inputs or much more
> > and i dont want to spend my afternoon sitting here and pressing y.
> > Any ideas what else i could do despite reformatting the partition?
> > Greetings
> > Sven
> You know the partition you want to clear the files from. In a
> terminal window use:
> sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/(partition) and put the proper thing here and your
> files will be gone. All of the stuff on that partition in fact.
> Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
> Linux User
> #450462 http://counter.li.org.
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