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Re^3: unlink fails to delete files with perculiar names

by DaveARoberts (Novice)
on Nov 23, 2011 at 13:43 UTC ( #939660=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: unlink fails to delete files with perculiar names
in thread unlink fails to delete files with perculiar names

Thinking more on this I think that you have touched on the source of the file (a temporary backup from an MS Office program - I have excel, word and powerpoint examples). If I try to delete a file using unlink with the application still open it complains (Permission denied).

The code snippet is from a file replication utility. I think what has happened is that an oen file has been replicated, the original destroyed by the creating application, and then replaced by a subsequent replication event.

The preventative cure is to prohibit the copy of a file with the pattern "/~$" in its path/name. The curative solution may be to delete any directory containing files with this pattern - and recreate what I want from a backup


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