I created a new folder inside /sdcard/ and something went wrong with it since other 600 sub-folders (one inside the other) were created as well. I noticed the problem when trying to rename the 'main' folder, as it returned a "folder not found" error.

I know the number of sub-folders because I checked the properties of the main folders. There are also 160 files which I did not place there and I haven't checked what they are.

My phone is rooted and for the operation I used the CM built-in file manager. I've been trying deleting the folders both via UI and through the shell but nothing works. If I run

rm -r /sdcard/<myfolder>/

It returns "folder not empty". I've also tried the


option but nothing changes. Rebooting didn't solve the issue.

I hope it's not about a corrupted partition...

Any suggestions?

  • I think you tried -f and -r separately. You need to use both the switches together, ie rm -rf /sdcard/<yourfolder>/ Sep 9, 2015 at 11:00
  • @daltofury42 No, I tried -rf, I've just edited my post to make that clear.
    – cwbrd
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:09
  • Try adding a -v switch and post back any relevant outputs. Sep 9, 2015 at 11:16
  • Can you give us the output of ls -l on /sdcard and grep that folder in it? Also, do you have a custom Recovery installed? In my case, my clockworkmod directory wasn't getting deleted because I suppose it's group and owner wasn't media_rw and gave me the error folder not empty. I booted into custom Recovery and nuked it for good.
    – Firelord
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:18
  • @daltofury42 No relevant outputs. @Firelord: drwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 2015-09-09 11:00 Tasks. Also yes, I've got TWRP installed. I think I'll try deleting the folders from there.
    – cwbrd
    Sep 9, 2015 at 11:42

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Issue resolved by running rm -r from the Custom Recovery cmd.

I'll create the folder again and see if the problem reoccurs, hopefully it was just a 'random' glitch. (I should probably mention that I use a nightly version of CM12.1, not a stable ROM).

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