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Re: "Failed to preserve ownership" exit(1) bug in mv?

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: "Failed to preserve ownership" exit(1) bug in mv?
Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2017 22:08:02 -0700

On Fri, Jun 2, 2017 at 9:56 PM, Pádraig Brady <address@hidden> wrote:
> That indeed looks like a bug that has been present since the initial 
> implementation!
> The attached should fix it up.
> thanks!

Thanks, indeed! It's not often we see bugs in tools like these that
date back a quarter of a century or more.

Minor suggested adjustments for NEWS:

  cp and mv now merely warn about any failure to preserve symlink ownership.
  Before, cp (without -p) would exit with a failure status, and a cross-device
  mv would leave such symlinks remaining in the source file system.
  [the bug dates back to the initial implementation]

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