Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 37441
Errors on deleting non-empty directories on upgrade aren't useful
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:49 EDT
rpm tries to delete directories once it has reason to think that directory
no longer contains files, but in practice it ends up printing lots
of "error: cannot remove /... - directory not empty." I don't think this
event is significant enough to print an error message, but that's just MHO.
In any case, it does seem odd to me that it prints this while performing a
Yup. Reporting failed rmdir's is important to installer's and packagers,
but needlessly confuses users.
The error message will not be displayed if/when rpm runs a proper
package reference count on directories. The first step, adding an
index on directories in order to calculate the reference count is
in rpm-4.0.3. The final step, retrieving the number of packages
that use a directory so that the error messages will be displayed
only when the last package attempts a rmdir that fails remains.
I'm marking this as CURRENTRELEASE, because the (bogus IMHO) error message is
what is desired in rpm at the moment.