I had a folder which normally has some subfolders beneath it, say the structure is something like \..\uploaded\errors (the "\..\" is another folder or two). The folder structure was created by an app I use at work (It's only, maybe, 4 folders deep in total). By whatever demon, the folder structure now says something like:
792 folders deep.
I have no idea how this occurred since there's little to no activity in these folders at any given time. For the moment I don't care why but nevertheless, I can't delete the folders at all (because they far exceed the 255 character Windows limit). In factthe folder structure goes so deep, that I can't even tell whether the structure ends at a file OR a folder since I can't "see" down that far. More criteria (note this is in NTFS and I have ownership and full rights of the entire structure):
-I do NOT get a "file is locked by another program" error
-I can't delete it from a command prompt
-I can't delete it in 8.3 mode
-I can't delete it in Safe Mode
-I can't delete it in Safe Mode with a command prompt
-I did run a virus scan in safe Mode on the folders but it comes up clean (assuming the scan saw that far down but it seemed to terminate properly)
-if I kill the the app that supports this file structure (and its ensuing mess), I still cannot delete the tree
-I changed the folder names to single character folder names but I still can't get passed more than about 200 visible folders or so
-I cut and pasted several multiple dozen folders from as far down as I can get and moved them up but it seems to just keep replicating at the bottom end
-I booted a Knoppix CD and I was able to navigate to the folders and attempt a delete but it just hung there for more than an hour
-I booted a Knoppix CD and went down more than 200 folders deep and attempt a delete but it just hung there for more than an hour
I looked around for solutions on the web ad nauseum to no avail. Any ideas?
Edited by Evil Prince, 04 April 2009 - 12:03 PM.