Problems removing files with semicolons in the filename

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# 15  
Old 09-05-2013
Originally Posted by alister
Suggested and failed (posts #3 and #4).
Sorry, somehow this part of the thread escaped my attention.

Originally Posted by alister
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.
Right. I'd say this FS is seriously corrupted. Unmount and do an "fsck" to if it isn't beyond repair already. I doubt that simply unlink()-ing a few files - even if it would work - would change anything about this condition. Probably best is to start the "R&R" (restart & restore) process.

Notice that you have to check the "lost+found" directory meticulously after the final "fsck" run to pick up whatver file leftovers "fsck" has put there.

I hope this helps.

# 16  
Old 09-05-2013
I'm not sure if I overlooked your system/OS info. If you happen to have debugfs installed, there's a kill_file command:
kill_file Deallocate an inode and its blocks
# 17  
Old 09-05-2013
I did umount and fsck -oful and no issues.
I will be checking on clri utility.
# 18  
Old 09-05-2013
In this case I would try the following:
mount ...
unlink bad

Most OS allow the root user to unlink a directory. If successful it will corrupt the file system if it contained files with data.
umount ...
mount ...

Look for data in the file system's lost+found.
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