I’ve also seen this. I can turn the “fileized” directory back into a
directory, by going into /var/pkg/spill, and editting the appropriate
…fspkg_* thingamabob, and deleting the “fileized” directory; then slay
and restart package manager, and voila the directory is back (however, I
haven’t the slightest idea what happens to cause this - but it is almost
always related to installing a new package).
From: Lance Roberts [mailto:email@example.com]
Posted At: Sunday, April 08, 2001 9:22 PM
Posted To: os
Conversation: Problem with directories turning into files (Patch B)
Subject: Re: Problem with directories turning into files (Patch B)
I’ve seen this in the original unpatched release too.
But I had invisible files for a while (I could use them, but I couldn’t
with ‘ls’ until I 'touch’ed them I think)
Jim Douglas wrote:
I have experienced a similar problem, but I think I was running Patch
the time. I was adding stuff to the helpviewer directory tree and did
‘save as’ on a .toc file. At this point the ‘product’ sub-directory
itself into a file. When I deleted the ‘product’ file, the
(and associated sub-directories) reappeared . It was one of
occasions when you don’t really believe what you’re seeing, so I
myself I had done something really stupid and ignored it it. Looks
there’s a real nasty bug “out there”…
I am running Patch B.
Yesterday I downloaded Igor’s build of Apache. I untarred it and it
generated some errors about not being able to change permissions
don’t know what errors and I cannot risk other machines in the
Anyway, Igor is a fan of the GNU file system way of placing files so
tried to put directories under /usr/local/share (among others). I
had /usr/local/share but after I untarred Apache that directory
a file. That is, I could no longer ‘cd’ into is and sh claimed it
directory. ‘ls -al’ showed it was file also.
After a frustrating several hours I decided to delete these files
suddenly they became directories. That is …
/bin/sh: cd: /usr/local/share - Not a directory
Is this a known problem? I could be convinced to investigate further
think you can probably do it just as easily.
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