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Re: [ProgSoc] What are .nfs* files?
FatCat wrote this...
> Hi, ppl,
> I just found some .nfs* files on my /public_html which didn't
> seem to be there a while ago and I had no idea what they are and how
> they got there. Are they anything important? Can I just delete
.nfs* file are left behind when a NFS'ed (NFS stands for Network File
System, ie the normal Unix method for sharing files over a network) is
deleted from one machine, but may still be in use by another _remote_
machine (ie the file is open/locked/blah). becuase the remote machine
may need a copy of the file still it leaves a copy behind on the
filesystem. why it doesnt just unlink it from the file system but keep
the internal refcount up in the kernel i am not entirely sure (this is
what happens if you unlink a file locally that is still being used
locally). but there you have it. this is somewhat simplified but
should explain it. and it _should_ go away whent he remote end finally
stops using the file, but there are cases where it doesnt
sometimes. and you wont be able to deleted the file sometimes..
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