[Deploying Sakai] Unable to remove multiple instances of a resource in 2.5.x

Chris Woods csw at alumni.unh.edu
Tue Aug 18 13:04:40 PDT 2009

Noah and Steve,

Thanks for the suggestions and backgroudn info but the trouble is 
apparently not so easily remedied.

A few more details:

There are six instances of the folder I attempted to upload via webdav. 
Not sure how six identical instances came to be but there it is. 
Subfolders also multiplied by a factor of six and so on. If I change the 
name of instance 1 the names of instances 2 through 6 change as well. 
This is not, as I understand it, normal resource tool behavior.

The resources tool will not allow removal one-by-one or as a group 
because it claims I do not have the required permissions although it 
shows the folders belong to me, etc.

I work off a Kubuntu Linux laptop and used webdav in Konqueror 
initially. Suspecting that my webdav client might be to blame I used my 
Windows machine to attempt to remove the folders via webdav. I 
cheerfully reported that the folders were deleted - hurrah! Only when I 
logged back into Sakai all six remain.

So how to get rid of these? Where are they physically on the system? In 
the FS or the DB? Can I delete them manually somehow?

Noah Botimer wrote:
> Hello Chris,
> Dodgy is probably the right word for WebDAV behavior in 2.5.x. WebDAV 
> in general is an unfortunately regularly moving target. It's also a 
> bit flaky to delete nested collections of Resources.
> If you use the Resources tool and try to delete a tree of folders, you 
> should be prompted if you want to delete everything inside. However, 
> you will sometimes need to do this on the same folder a number of 
> times, in my experience.
> Depending on your platform, you may have better success in deleting 
> them again via WebDAV, but that sounds like what's giving you trouble. 
> If you're using a Mac, Cyberduck seems to handle this kind of thing 
> pretty well.
> Sorry that you've had some trouble.
> Thanks,
> -Noah
> On Aug 18, 2009, at 2:53 PM, Chris Woods wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> While installing page-composer for OSP I used webdav to upload a folder
>> to Portfolio Admin Resources. Somehow -- I suspect a dodgy wifi
>> connection that stopped and started the process several times -- I wound
>> up with about 8 instances of the folder I was uploading. I'm reasonably
>> certain that Sakai is regarding all 8 as being one and the same as what
>> I do to one affects all the others. Thing is I cannot remove them
>> despite the permissions being correct. Is there a way to remove
>> resources from the command line or some other behind the scenes method?
>> Also has anyone experienced similar behavior and know its cause? Thanks
>> very much.
>> -Chris
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