View Full Version : [ubuntu] Can't delete from FAT storage-please help!

November 12th, 2008, 08:18 AM
So, I've got some external storage devices (SD cards, memory sticks) that are formatted in FAT so that they'll work with other devices. Whenever I try to delete files from them in Ubuntu, it removes that much space from the total capacity is well. So, if I delete a 2GB file from a 4GB card, for example, it will say I have 0 of 2GB free. Any thoughts?

Crafty Kisses
November 12th, 2008, 08:21 AM
Paste this command in the terminal:

dmesg | tail
Then post the results back here at the forums.

November 13th, 2008, 03:51 AM
Here it is:

[ 148.624694] type=1503 audit(1226544266.428:10): operation="socket_create" family="ipx" sock_type="dgram" protocol=0 pid=6190 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
[ 148.624706] type=1503 audit(1226544266.428:11): operation="socket_create" family="appletalk" sock_type="dgram" protocol=0 pid=6190 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
[ 148.624851] type=1503 audit(1226544266.428:12): operation="socket_create" family="econet" sock_type="dgram" protocol=0 pid=6190 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
[ 148.624865] type=1503 audit(1226544266.428:13): operation="socket_create" family="ash" sock_type="dgram" protocol=0 pid=6190 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
[ 148.624883] type=1503 audit(1226544266.428:14): operation="socket_create" family="x25" sock_type="seqpacket" protocol=0 pid=6190 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd"
[ 300.987927] CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 22500 nsec
[ 301.053351] CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 33750 nsec
[ 308.139969] CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 50624 nsec
[ 403.153275] CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 75936 nsec
[ 408.997396] CE: hpet increasing min_delta_ns to 113904 nsec

November 13th, 2008, 05:47 AM
So, my friend things that the problem is that I haven't been emptying the trash before removing the drive. That might be it; I'll try it and let you know.

November 13th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Yup, that was it. But thanks!