2007-04-25 09:13:10

by Donatas G.

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Subject: Cannot delete a file - could it be ext3 related?

I have a problem with system upgrade (Kubuntu Edgy to Feisty) which is caused
by the systems inability to remove a corrupted file. I suspect this could be
filesystem related, so I am writing to this list.

Since I am not subscribed, COULD YOU SEND ME RESPONCES DIRECTLY?

I ran fsck /dev/hda5 (my partition) to no avail - the filesystem used to
contain errors, but they are all corrected before this upgrade.

Here is the story:

## trying to remove the showstopper package:
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo apt-get remove libidn11-dev
...
dpkg: error processing libidn11-dev (--remove):
Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting a removal.
terminate called after throwing an instance of 'std::logic_error'
what(): basic_string::_S_construct NULL not valid
Aborted
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ Errors were encountered while processing:
libidn11-dev

## trying to update the showstopper package:
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo apt-get install libidn11-dev
........
Preparing to replace libidn11-dev 0.6.3-1
(using .../libidn11-dev_0.6.5-1build1_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement libidn11-dev ...
dpkg: error
processing /cdrom//pool/main/libi/libidn/libidn11-dev_0.6.5-1build1_i386.deb
(--unpack):
unable to install (supposed) new info file `/var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/postinst':
Operation not permitted
Errors were encountered while processing:
/cdrom//pool/main/libi/libidn/libidn11-dev_0.6.5-1build1_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

## trying to remove the showstopper package:
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ ls -lo libidn11-dev.postinst
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root 36864 2007-04-25 09:09 libidn11-dev.postinst
## the date is new because
## [email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo touch libidn11-dev.postinst
command was the only one that did work on this file :)

## trying to chmod the file
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo chmod 777 ./libidn11-dev.postinst
chmod: kei?iamos `./libidn11-dev.postinst' teis?s: Operation not permitted

## Trying to force remove the file...
[email protected]:/var/lib/dpkg/info$ sudo rm -f libidn11-dev.postinst
rm: cannot remove `libidn11-dev.postinst': Operation not permitted

I am forwarding the contents of the file: kate editor describes it as a
binary, it contains a short bash script with all kinds of junk (including my
mail addresses and headers) at the end...

Google did not help me. Could someone explain what is happening?

--
Donatas Glodenis
http://dg.lapas.info


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2007-04-25 11:26:54

by Andreas Dilger

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Subject: Re: Cannot delete a file - could it be ext3 related?

On Apr 25, 2007 11:54 +0300, Donatas G. wrote:
> I have a problem with system upgrade (Kubuntu Edgy to Feisty) which is caused
> by the systems inability to remove a corrupted file. I suspect this could be
> filesystem related, so I am writing to this list.
>
> Since I am not subscribed, COULD YOU SEND ME RESPONCES DIRECTLY?
>
> I ran fsck /dev/hda5 (my partition) to no avail - the filesystem used to
> contain errors, but they are all corrected before this upgrade.
>

Try "chattr -i" on the file.


Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.