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bug#11194: 24.0.95; sudo rm doesn't work with absolute directory paths o


From: Michael Albinus
Subject: bug#11194: 24.0.95; sudo rm doesn't work with absolute directory paths on the file system
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:07:21 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.0.94 (gnu/linux)

Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>> While using Tramp might make sense, I think that "sudo rm -rf /foo/bar"
>>> is a perfectly valid command and wonder why it wouldn't work correctly.
>> In eshell, `sudo' is an built-in for `eshell/sudo':
>
> That does not in itself explain why it doesn't do the right thing: the
> intention seems fairly clear.

Sure.

The problem is `rm', which is another built-in. Built-ins are not aware
of being called in a `su(do)?' context.

Sounds like a new feature in eshell. Do we want it? Do we know, that
there are no unwanted side effects, if (local) "/foo/bar" is handled as
(remote) "/su(do)?::/foo/bar" for *all* built-ins, when being called
from `eshell/su(do)?'?

>         Stefan

Best regards, Michael.





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