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    SubjectRe: PROBLEM: mkdir on ext3 creates regular file instead of directory
    > [1.] One line summary of the problem:
    >
    > when using 'mkdir' to create a directory on an ext3 filesystem, a regular
    > file is created instead of the directory.

    Had you by any chance done something a little like this
    (which can produce similarly odd results - not sure about
    quite the same ones).

    Shell 1 Shell 2
    ======= =======

    cd ~
    cd ~
    mkdir foo
    cd foo
    rmdir foo
    mkdir .variable


    Or more confusingly



    Shell 1 Shell 2
    ======= =======

    cd ~
    cd ~
    mkdir foo
    cd foo
    rmdir foo
    mkdir foo
    mkdir .variable



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    Alex Bligh
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