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From: rthomas @
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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 13:32:34 -0500
In-Reply-To: wbunting @
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"Re: tools to check hidden files" (Sep 26, 8:31am)
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To: wbunting @
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Subject: Re: tools to check hidden files
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do not forget that deleting an *open* file will not de-allocate the space.
if the file in question is currently held open by some application/shell,
and you delete it, this is what will occur:
1. the file name will be removed from the directory, and you will not
see the file via ls.
2. the disk space will remain allocated. this is because there is a
valid link to the inode.
once the user/application has closed the file, assuming it was not re-
written, the file will truly be deleted and the disk space de-allocated.
just an FYI.
o robert owen thomas: unix consultant. cymro ydw i. user scratching post. o
o e-mail: Robert .
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o Not screaming like the passengers in his car." o