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Re: writability of directories in distributions

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: writability of directories in distributions
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:39:07 +0100

Harlan Stenn wrote:
> I just saw a patch go by about changing the perms on directories in
> distribution tarballs.
> I'm a fan of 775 myself (ok, I really prefer 2775).
> But I can see that some would prefer 777, and others would prefer 755.
> The other issue, as I recall, has to do with whether or not 'root' is
> doing the unpacking.
> While there is something to be said for letting the package maintainer
> make this choice, there is also clearly something to be said for letting
> the recipient make the choice.

IMHO, avoiding confusion and risks when root (however unguided) untars
such an archive is more important.

> I suspect that leaving the current behavior alone will irritate some,
> and changing the current behavior will irritate others.

People who will be irritated by such a change should already
be accustomed to dealing with the non-777-perm directories from
numerous other sources.  Just a quick sampling: perl, git,
and the linux kernel have 0755 directories in their tarballs,
as well as at least a few of the tarballs I checked in the
BSD ports/distfiles/.

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