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Re: Does [ -f FILE ] have a bug on testing a symlink ?


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: Does [ -f FILE ] have a bug on testing a symlink ?
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:59:50 +0100
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Cheng Rk <address@hidden> writes:

> According this documentation `help test`, I am expecting it should return 
> false on anything other than a regular file,
>
> -f FILE        True if file exists and is a regular file.
>
>
> but why it returned true on a symlink to a regular file?

(bash) Bash Conditional Expressions::
   Unless otherwise specified, primaries that operate on files follow
symbolic links and operate on the target of the link, rather than the
link itself.

Andreas.

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