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

Zhen Qian zqian at umich.edu
Tue Aug 18 13:13:09 PDT 2009


Can you view the html source of the Resource tool page, and see if  
those 6 instances are with same id or not?

Once you got the ids from html source file, you should be able to  
remove them from db (check for all content_resource*) tables and from  
file system if used.


- Zhen
On Aug 18, 2009, at 4:04 PM, Chris Woods wrote:

> 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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