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Re: unremovable directory

On 10/09/2006 05:19 PM, Tobias Niemann wrote:
I have a problem, I can't update my python-gtk2 because I get this error:

Setting up python-gtk2 (2.8.6-6) ...
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/update-python-modules", line 281, in ?
  File "/usr/sbin/update-python-modules", line 154, in process
    func(basedir, dir, file)
  File "/usr/sbin/update-python-modules", line 125, in install_modules_func
OSError: [Errno 1] Operation not permitted:

I only get this far because I edited the old
/var/lib/dpkg/info/python-gtk2.prerm and commented out all
  update-python-modules -c -i /usr/share/python-support/python-gtk2
  update-python-modules -c -i python-gtk
but at the end the update still fails (see above).

If I perform as root

# ls -lad /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth
dr-xrwsrwx 2 17996 34912 49152 1970-01-03 07:36

(weired user, group, permissions, size and date)
and then

# rmdir /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth
rmdir: /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth: Operation not permitted

how's about a chown?

# chown -R root. /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth
chown: changing ownership of
`/var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth': Operation not permitted

or a rm -r?

# rm -r /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth
rm: remove write-protected directory
`/var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth'? y
rm: remove write-protected directory
`/var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth'? y
rm: cannot remove directory
`/var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth': Operation not permitted

or a chmod?

# chmod -R 755 /var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth
chmod: changing permissions of
`/var/lib/python-support/python2.3/pygtk.pth': Operation not permitted

I guess you get the idea, I'm not allowed to perform any operation on
that directory. An "fsck.ext3 -f .." did complete without errors but I
guess it's a relict of my last crash about two weeks ago (my CPU was the
reason not the OS). I also wasn't able to delete the directory from
within knoppix.

I'm very much clueless, any help is appreciated. How can I get rid of
the directory?

Boot into single-user mode and see if you can remove that directory in that mode (it probably won't work, but it's worth a shot).

If that shot misses, can you manually move that directory out of the way?


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