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this problem happened on a SunOS

I (not root user) want to delete a folder "def"(contains sub folder and files) created by other user, I have the full control of "def"'s parent folder(say "abc"), but when I delete "def" with the following command

rm -rf def

it said I didn't have the permission, When I look into the details I found this was caused by svn control files

rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/text-base: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/prop-base: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/props: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/tmp/text-base: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/tmp/prop-base: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/tmp/props: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn/tmp: Permission denied rm: Unable to remove directory 2009Q5/R172608/lib/.svn: Permission denied

but the code was check out by other user who has leave the team, How can I remove these files? the folder cost lots of disk space, I want to clean up.

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I recommend that you ask the person with root to either remove the directory for you, or grant sudo access to you. –  btanaka May 2 '13 at 2:34
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