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Date:      Sun, 17 Dec 2006 15:06:44 -0800
From:      Garrett Cooper <youshi10@u.washington.edu>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: rm -f doesn't delete symlink
Message-ID:  <4585CD84.4060807@u.washington.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20061217211130.EC1C8E0600@smtp1.galnet.dk>
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Jeppe Bundsgaard wrote:
> At 22:01 17-12-2006, you wrote:
>> Jeppe Bundsgaard wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>> I am trying to upgrade to FreeBSD 6.1. But when I run installworld 
>>> it halts when trying to create a symlink: /sys. Just before the 
>>> error the script tries to delete the old symlink with: rm -f /sys. 
>>> But this doesn't delete the symlink.
>>> No flags are set on /sys.
>>> Anybody got any idea what is wrong?
>>> Thanks.
>>> Jeppe
>> Jeppe,
>>    Try without the -f and see what the error is. -f (in my book at 
>> least) usually evaluates to (yes, quiet) in regular files / symlinks 
>> at least.
>> -Garrett
>> _
>
> Garrett, thanks for your answer.
>
> -f Attempt to remove the files without prompting for confirmation, 
> regardless of the file's permissions (cf. man rm)
>
> even rm -v says nothing. But /sys still exist...
> Jeppe
Tried unlink(1)? Shouldn't really have to use it at all, but it could 
solve your problem faster..
-Garrett



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