Monday, November 23, 2009

Issues With an Orphaned .attribute^ File

We had intriguing problem related to a Unix-based directory. This directory was mapped to Windows via Citrix.

On the Windows side, the initial thought was that the folder was simply "hidden" via the attributes, which would be normal. However, the attributes for the folder didn't show the hidden option selected.

Recently, we performed an account migration activity on the Unix side. The culprit turn out to be an orphaned .attribute^ file on the Unix side. Apparently, this file's username and group was deleted prior to migration, and its state unexpectedly caused the directory's contents to be invisible to Windows-based viewers.

At any rate, we finally noticed the file with the ls -al command. The .attribute^ file was removed from the Unix side and viewing was back to normal on the Windows side.