Bug 2345 - Inappropriate "cannot remove DIR - directory not empty"
Summary: Inappropriate "cannot remove DIR - directory not empty"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rpm
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-04-23 16:43 UTC by jamie
Modified: 2015-01-07 23:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-05-11 15:35:46 UTC

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Description jamie 1999-04-23 16:43:43 UTC
I encounted this when upgrading from gimp-1.0.1-2.i386.rpm
to gimp-1.0.4-3.i386.rpm:

cannot remove /usr/lib/gimp - directory not empty

I get it from time to time with other packages too.
The message is inappropriate because /usr/lib/gimp is
actually used by the new package.  However it is not
explicitly listed by the package: the directory
/usr/lib/gimp/1.0 is listed, and /usr/lib/gimp is implied by

I suspect the previous version did have /usr/lib/gimp in the
directory list, hence the message.

Suggestion: Don't try to delete directories whose existence
is implied by other directories from another package.  One
way would be to add entries for those implied directories to
the database, with a flag to say they're implied.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-11 15:35:59 UTC
Rpm cannot remove directories that are not empty while attempting to
remove a package. Furthermore, the bug is often in the already
released package so we cannot always repackage to work around
the problem.

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