Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 147538
fat32 filesystem not permanently deleting files
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:06 EST
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Description of problem:
Files and directories deleted from a fat32 filesystem on a 250GB or
300Gb USB drive (Maxtor) mounted on linux box "reappear" when
filesystem is remounted on a Windows box. Also, filesystem usage
reported by linux box does not decrease. However, the files are no
longer visible on the linux box, even after unmounting and remounting
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. attach and partition USB drive
2. mkfs -t vfat <device>
3. mount -t vfat -o rw <device> <mountpoint>
4. copy files to drive
5. rm -rf * <mountpoint>
6. df -k <mountpoint>
7. umount drive and put on Windows box
8. find "deleted" files!
Actual Results: Even after rm -rf everything on drive, df still
showed prior usage. When the drive was mounted on a Windows box,
deleted files and directories were still there.
Expected Results: df should show minimal usage (right after
formatting, 32kb are used). File and directories should not be
visible when the drive is moved to a Windows box.
fsck.vfat neither "found" the "deleted" files nor freed the usage
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