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Re: make keeps an open handle to a file, can't delete parent directory

Alexander Sotirov wrote:

I am having a problem with GNU make 3.81 on cygwin 1.5.22. It looks like a
problem with cygwin and not make, but I am not sure exactly what's causing it.

I reduced my makefile to a minimal testcase and attached it to this email. The
makefile creates a foo/bar/ directory and then tries to remove it with rm -rf
foo. The rm command successfully removes the 'bar' directory, but then fails to
remove 'foo' because it's not empty. Running ls on foo shows that there is a
'bar' directory entry, it it doesn't have any ownership or timestamp information.

The output from running make is shown below:

asotirov@deter-alex foo $ make
mkdir foo
mkdir foo/bar
asotirov@deter-alex foo $ make clear
rm -rf foo
rm: cannot remove directory `foo': Directory not empty
make: [clear] Error 1 (ignored)
ls -la foo
ls: cannot access foo/bar: No such file or directory
total 0
drwxr-xr-x+ 3 asotirov None 0 Jan 24 12:45 .
drwxr-xr-x+ 3 asotirov None 0 Jan 24 12:45 ..
??????????? ? ?        ?    ?            ? bar
make: *** [clear] Error 1

Once make terminates, the 'bar' directory entry disappears and we can delete the
foo directory.

That's a Windowsism. You should see better results with a recent snapshot:


It would be great if you tested your case with a snapshot and report back
your findings.

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