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I have a Windows server that I SFTP into, and I have some very old vssver2.scc files on there. They are used by Visual Source Safe- which is no longer used (SVN instead now). I want to delete them.

Most troubling though is a very old global.asax file used by ASP.NET applications - since the app is compiled, it reads from it's global.dll in the Bin folder, and not the global.asax. I want to get rid of it. But I can't - and I can't overwrite it in favor of a newer one either.

These files have 444 (Owner:r Group:r Public:r) permission and when I try to give them 777 (O:rwx G:rwx P:rwx) permission hoping it will let me delete them, it goes back to 444.

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It's some sort of wierd permissions issue. Since the sysadmins won't fix it and don't know what the issue is, whenever I have this problem, I just bug them to delete the files I need.

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In the root directory write the following:

attrib -s -h -r *.?cc /s
del *.?cc /s
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Just used this method to remove a load of old Visual SourceSafe (*.scc) files - thanks! – robyaw Feb 14 '12 at 10:56

If you have physical access to the server, you can boot a live cd like Knoppix and from there navigate over to your drive to delete those files.

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