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Re: chown fails to ignore symbolic links during recursive directory tran
Re: chown fails to ignore symbolic links during recursive directory transversals
Wed, 09 Mar 2005 21:03:53 +0100
Mark Brand <address@hidden> wrote:
> [This is a correction of my last e-mail that incorrectly referred to
> "chmod" instead of "chown" in a couple of places. This report is about
> chown. Sorry about that.]
> I hope I'm not making a fool of myself, but here we go:
> version: coreutils-5.2.1-3.rpm (from SuSE 9.2). Linux kernel 18.104.22.168.
Thanks for the report.
However, I cannot reproduce that behavior with unmodified coreutils-5.2.1
built and run on a Debian/GNU unstable system with Linux kernel 2.6.11.
Here's a small example:
$ mkdir a b
$ ln -s ../b a/sub
$ sudo /bin/chown -R --verbose root a
changed ownership of `a' to root
changed ownership of `a/sub' to root
$ ls -od a b
drwxr-xr-x 2 root 60 Mar 9 19:36 a
drwxr-xr-x 2 meyering 40 Mar 9 19:36 b
Maybe SuSE's version has changes that make it work differently?
Or (more likely) SuSE configured/built using a kernel/libc with
different chown/lchown semantics than what you're currently using.
That is one of the risks of using pre-compiled packages
(with configure-time run-tests) on newer versions of an OS.
Recompile it on your current system, and it may well work as