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I have tried to delete none active users from the server, when I ran:

/usr/sbin/userdel -r  

delete the user but not a home directory, and got this error:

cannot remove ‘olduser/.bash_history’: Operation not permitted

I have tried to remove manually as root:

rm -fR olduser    

I got the same not permitted. What else I can try to remove this user home directories?

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  • Is the home directory an NFS-mounted file system? What does lsattr ~olduser/.bash_history say?
    – MadHatter
    Aug 15, 2016 at 16:02
  • are you running commands as root?
    – alexus
    Aug 15, 2016 at 16:05
  • not nfs mounted. lsattr output = -------------e-- .bash_history. yes I am running as root.
    – user559452
    Aug 15, 2016 at 16:23
  • what are the normal permissions with ls -la
    – xguru
    Aug 15, 2016 at 17:03
  • also could you give the output from mount | grep "^/dev"
    – xguru
    Aug 15, 2016 at 17:11

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after few search. I did

  lsattr .bash_history

and return

----a-------e-- .bash_history

so, I have run

chattr -a

after that I am able to delete .bash_history

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