Problems removing files with semicolons in the filename

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# 8  
Old 09-04-2013
If the file system is not corrupted in the sense that an fsck won't find an error,
then you still have got a bug in the file system handler (in the Unix kernel): it allows to create directory entries (names) that cannot be handled afterwards.
What does a
df bad

# 9  
Old 09-04-2013
added unlink to my code

printf("%li\t%s\n", di->d_ino, di->d_name);
if(unlink(di->d_name) == -1)
        err = errno;
        printf("unlink rc=%i %s\n", err, strerror(err));

and I am getting same
129935  000025;001;1377795616;^A
unlink rc=2 No such file or directory

Any ideas?
# 10  
Old 09-04-2013
If unlink is puking on valid filenames, I'm not sure what you can do; those files are effectively blocked off, to the kernel, invisible, it can't see them. You may need to work with things at a lower level than that, dangerous things, disk-editing sort of things.
# 11  
Old 09-05-2013
You might want to consult a little tutorial of mine.

I hope this helps.

# 12  
Old 09-05-2013
Thanks, I don't have filedb on this system, but I do have clri, will investigate.

Just a side note - someone moved this thread and I found it just by luck. Why? How people follow their threads when topics are moved?

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Last edited by bakunin; 09-05-2013 at 04:59 PM..
# 13  
Old 09-05-2013
You might want to try one of the less complicated methods first, namely the variant using "find" and the inode-number.

Use an "ls -i" to list the files with inode-numbers, capture that to a file and delete all the lines with files which should stay. Then read this file and execute for every line the "rm", like in this sketch of a script:

while read inum ; do
     find -inum "$inum" -exec rm -f {} \;

I hope this helps.

# 14  
Old 09-05-2013
Originally Posted by bakunin
You might want to try one of the less complicated methods first, namely the variant using "find" and the inode-number.
Suggested and failed (posts #3 and #4).

Even passing readdir's pathnames directly to unlink doesn't work. Whatever is going on here, if going directly from readdir to unlink doesn't work, then nothing that depends on the syscall interface will work.

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