Why am I getting permission errors when trying to delete files as root or in single user mode?

Linode Staff

I'm met with permission errors when I try to delete certain files as the root user or in single user mode. How can I fix this?

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Linode Staff

It looks like this can be caused by a couple different things, including file attributes and sticky bits. Here are some stack posts with troubleshooting information from users running into similar issues:

No access to delete files within /tmp
Unable to delete file, even when running as root
Why can't I delete this file as root?

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