Removing a "busy" text file?

Richard S. Crawford rscrawford at
Sun Jan 30 19:59:57 UTC 2005

I began to rip a CD using KAudioCreator.  Halfway through, I realized that I'd 
put in the wrong filename format, and cancelled the job.  Then I went into 
the directory where it had been writing files to, and tried to delete one of 
the created MP3's.  I got the following error message:

richard at seamus: ~/music/Howard Shore
$ rm -rf THELO~1H/
rm: cannot remove `THELO~1H//Concerning Hobbits.mp3': Text file busy

running ls gives:

richard at seamus: ~/music/Howard Shore/THELO~1H
$ ls -laF
total 8
drwxrwxrwx  1 richard 504 4096 Jan 30 11:52 ./
drwxrwxrwx  1 richard 504 4096 Jan 30 11:47 ../
-rwxrwxrwx  1 richard 504    0 Jan 30 11:48 Concerning Hobbits.mp3*

I've shut down KAudioCreator and used ps to see if there is still a 
KAudioCreator process running, but I can't find one.

How could the file be busy?  I'm not looking at it in any other program.  I've 
tried to delete it in several ways, even su'ing to root to do so.

Any thoughts?  What could be causing this, and how can I fix it?

Richard S. Crawford (mailto: rscrawford at
AIM: Buffalo2K /
"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."
-Mark Twain
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