rm -fr not deleting stuff

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Feb 25 09:36:12 UTC 2015

On Wed, 2015-02-25 at 10:13 +0100, email.listen at gmail.com wrote:
> Check if the immutable flag or any other filesystem attribute  is set for these 
> files. See man lsattr and man chattr.

A good idea, but not in a context where one pass of rm fails and a
second (or third or fourth) succeeds.

Since Ubuntu doesn't fail, but busybox does, I'm deciding it's a
resource limitation of busybox when processing deep directory trees.
Unless someone can come up with a simpler explanation...

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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