Kyle Taylor on 5 Jul 2016 12:45:45 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Undeletable file, how to get rid of it?

Have you tried removing by inode number?\

> On Jul 5, 2016, at 3:42 PM, Greg Helledy <> wrote:
> A user found they couldn't delete a directory on their FTP account and called me for help, thinking their permissions had been changed.
> It turns out that the reason is there's a file they uploaded that the OS can't delete.
> The FTP server is running on linux; the user's FTP directory is stored on a separate NAS device on the LAN.  It is mounted with cifs at boot.
> I've searched for help on this but answers provided seem to focus on the case where the filename has spaces or other embedded non-visible characters.  In that case, using Midnight Commander or another program that lets you select and delete the file, works.
> I cannot.  MC says "Cannot stat [filename]  No such file or directory (2)"
> If I type "rm" and the first character of the filename and hit tab, the system brings up the rest of the filename properly.  If I then hit enter, I get:
> rm: cannot remove ‘filename’: No such file or directory
> This result was unexpected, I don't know what that means:
> touch: cannot touch ‘filename’: No such file or directory
> How do I delete a file like this, that's simultaneously there and not there?  Is there any way to prevent this from recurring?
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