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    cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    Hi All
    I am using Mint Mate 16
    I cannot delete a file, as detailed in the attachment. The file 'archive' exist when I do an 'll' and yet advised that it does not exist,
    I want to delete some of the contents. I tried using caja under root privellidges and the system advised input/output error.
    I tried changing the permissions but couldnt as you can see.
    Hope someone can help me
    Graham
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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    What does this return?

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    file archive
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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    graham-Studio-1558 Seagate Expansion Drive # file archive
    archive: ERROR: cannot open `archive' (No such file or directory)
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    Thank you for your prompt response

    The files I am trying to delete are archived from BIT back in time results and are mp3 files.

    Many thanks
    Last edited by capo1949; March 17th, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    This is odd. Are you definitely in the right directory? Can you do these commands and then post the output?

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    pwd
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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    graham-Studio-1558 Seagate Expansion Drive # ll
    total 144
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Mar 15 11:48 .
    drwxr-x---+ 3 root root 4096 Mar 17 14:44 ..
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Mar 16 16:32 archive
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 143360 Mar 9 20:47 MyVideos
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Mar 15 12:27 recent back ups
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Nov 4 23:37 $RECYCLE.BIN
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Aug 25 2013 System Volume Information
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Nov 11 13:53 .Trash-1000
    graham-Studio-1558 Seagate Expansion Drive # ls -al | grep archive
    drwx------ 1 graham graham 0 Mar 16 16:32 archive
    graham-Studio-1558 Seagate Expansion Drive # pwd
    /media/graham/Seagate Expansion Drive
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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    The simplest explanation would be that the directory name looks like archive but isn't (e.g it has a trailing space, or unicode characters). Assuming you've checked that (using tab completion for example) then the next question would be what is a "remote HHD" and how is it exported / mounted. If it's via nfs then there are a few possible gotchas (syncing? subtrees?). Or is it in fact a pluggable local drive (as suggested by the /media mountpoint)?

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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    Hi
    Thx for your prompt response.

    Apologies it is a local plugable HDD

    I do not use tab completion as I usually use caja for file manipulation and not cli
    I used caja to succesfully remove the other files in the archive directory, when I tried to remove the music files the system alarmed
    'Error when getting information for file '/media/graham/Seagate Expansion Drive/archive /graham-Studio-1558/graham/3/new_snapshot/backup/home/graham/Music/Woody Herman': Input/output error'. See caja image attached and for results of 'df' and also reult using GPARTED

    I hope this info helps to resolve the proble.

    Many thanks for your time
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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    I'm not familiar with caja but 'Input/output error' in most contexts indicates a low-level read/write error (perhaps bad blocks on the disk... or the archive file is corrupted?)

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    Re: cannot delete a file on remote HHD

    thanks for that, but can you offer a solution to the deleting problem using cli?

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