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When I try to remove a directory with rm -d, as documented in the rm man page, I always get the message "Operation not permitted", even if I login as root. I have tried the same thing on a FreeBSD system, and it worked, even if the situation was the same, with the same access privileges for all the files involved. Can you help me?
(I want to use rm -d, not rmdir or rm -r; in fact the same thing happens if I write a program which uses the unlink system call)
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by:strobert
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what linux distribution (redhat/slackware) are you using?
Also what kernel version?

why not rm -rf?  
if the directory is not empty then the filesystem should get checked to free the blocks.  (basically refs to the used blacks get nuked, but the blocks don't get marked as free).

It looks to be a bug in the unlink syscall.  I'll let you know if I find for info.
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In linux usr rm -R
capital R to remove a dir, or rm -Rf to put som power behind...
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by:jprohart
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according to the man page -r and -R are equiv (redhat 4.0 manpages)

he wanted to be able to do a rm -d
this does a unlink on the dir, all contents basically get left floating attached to nothing (why I said -- quoting the man page -- that you should do a fsck after the command)
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