Bug 120130

Summary: rm cannot unlink symlinks to directories
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Albert Strasheim <13640887>
Component: coreutilsAssignee: Tim Waugh <twaugh>
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Description Albert Strasheim 2004-04-06 06:09:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
I cannot unlink symlinks to directories using rm -f, rm -rf or just
plain rm.

For example:

mkdir ~/k
cd ~/k
ln -s / foo

rm foo/
rm: cannot remove directory `foo/': Is a directory

rm -f foo/
rm: cannot remove `foo/': Not a directory

rm -rf foo/
rm: cannot remove `foo/': Not a directory

rm -r foo/
rm: descend into write-protected directory `foo/'? [n]
(answering no, rm exits and foo is not removed)

rm -r foo
rm: descend into write-protected directory `foo/'? [y]
rm: descend into write-protected directory `foo//sys'?
...

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
coreutils-5.2.1-3

How reproducible:
Always

Actual Results:  rm doesn't unlink symlinks to directories

Expected Results:  rm should unlink symlinks to directories without
trying to descend them.

Additional info:

The same problem exists on Fedora Core 1 with coreutils-5.0-34.1. The
problem is not present on Red Hat Linux 9 with coreutils-4.5.3-19.0.2.
Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2004-04-07 04:56:14 EDT
[tim@cyberelk k]$ ln -s / foo; rm foo
[tim@cyberelk k]$ ln -s / foo; rm -f foo
[tim@cyberelk k]$ ln -s / foo; rm -rf foo
[tim@cyberelk k]$ ln -s / foo; rm -f foo
[tim@cyberelk k]$ ln -s / foo; rm -r foo
[tim@cyberelk k]$ rpm -q coreutils
coreutils-5.2.1-3

'foo' != 'foo/' -- you are forcing the dereference yourself by adding '/'.