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bash completion with afs

From: Jörn Engel
Subject: bash completion with afs
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 23:24:15 +0200
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Configuration Information [Automatically generated, do not change]:
Machine: i386
OS: linux-gnu
Compiler: gcc
Compilation CFLAGS:  -DPROGRAM='bash' -DCONF_HOSTTYPE='i386' 
-DCONF_OSTYPE='linux-gnu' -DCONF_MACHTYPE='i386-pc-linux-gnu' 
-DCONF_VENDOR='pc' -DSHELL -DHAVE_CONFIG_H  -I.  -I../bash -I../bash/include 
-I../bash/lib  -g -O2
uname output: Linux limerick 2.6.6 #4 Wed May 19 16:56:06 CEST 2004 i686 
Machine Type: i386-pc-linux-gnu

Bash Version: 2.05b
Patch Level: 0
Release Status: release

        Bash completion doesn't work properly with AFS.  This could be
        solved easily by configuring with --with-afs, but Matthias
        wouldn't do this for debian, because:

          /* We have to use access(2) to determine access because AFS does not
             support Unix file system semantics.  This may produce wrong
             answers for non-AFS files when ruid != euid.  I hate AFS. */

        So it appears as if bash has to distinguish between files on
        afs mount and others for decent non-buggy bash completion,
        something along these lines:

        if (file_is_on_afs(path))
                eaccess(path, mode);
                access(path, mode);

        Getting this right does mean a bit of work, so I'll politely
        step back a bit and see if anyone else likes to do it. ;)


If you're willing to restrict the flexibility of your approach,
you can almost always do something better.
-- John Carmack

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