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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] BUG: feature request: 'tla chmod' which 'touch'es f

From: Zenaan Harkness
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] BUG: feature request: 'tla chmod' which 'touch'es files
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 07:04:28 +1000

> >> From my understanding, the only "important" permission to keep track
> >> of is the "executable" bit. So that when I write a script, it will
> >> stay executable between checkin/checkout.
> >
> > Yeah, that seems important to me too.
> I'm not sure if you're talking "permission bits to store in inode
> sigs" or "permission bits that are versioned by Arch" here.
> If it's the latter, a reduction of the current tla feature set to
> include only a single "executable file" boolean (the way I think CVS
> does this) would make Arch less suitable for e.g. keeping track of my
> home-directory dotfiles; some of which I'd like to be world readable,
> while other should only be readable by me.


And this is not particularly uncommon for system files too,
eg. /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow:

$ ll /etc/passwd /etc/shadow
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root         1691 Sep 20 08:59 /etc/passwd
-rw-r-----    1 root     shadow       1261 Sep 20 08:59 /etc/shadow

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