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[bug #56410] find -L doesn't follow symlinks outside the specified searc

From: Bernhard Voelker
Subject: [bug #56410] find -L doesn't follow symlinks outside the specified search scope
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2019 02:22:18 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #14, bug #56410 (project findutils):

We're always interested in improving things, so thanks again for reporting
an issue like this.

The implementation of -L is correct - or at least we don't have a proven
example where it wouldn't be -; (only) the search, i.e., the tests, are based
on the file referenced by the file a symbolic link points to.
Or in the words of POSIX:


Cause the file information and file type evaluated for each symbolic link
as a path operand on the command line or encountered during the traversal of a
hierarchy to be those of the file referenced by the link, and not the link

I'm trying to find the documentation which would make you as a our user
think that -L would let -print or "-exec ... {}' +" use the resolved path
Would you point us to such unclear passage, or even better provide a clearer
phrasing as a matter for discussion?

Thanks & have a nice day,


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