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scp method fails setting rights

From: Isak Johnsson
Subject: scp method fails setting rights
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 11:05:19 +0100


I'm using GNU Emacs (powerpc-apple-darwin7.4.0) of 2004-07-13 with Tramp 2.0.39.

Saving a file on a remote server using scp fails if I'm not the owner of the file, even though I've write permissions to both the file and its directory.

The reason is, I believe, that scp reports failure setting permissions on the file, which I'm not allowed to do because I'm not the owner.

A solution would be to just not alter the permissions on existing files. Unfortunately scp has no option for this, the only one is -p to "Preserves modification times, access times, and modes from the original file". I guess that it's possible to use this and afterwards touch the file, but it sounds a bit awkward. What do you think?

Would it be a good thing to make tramp ignore this particular error?

Or, should I just choose another method than scp?

Thanks in advance, and a happy new year to you all!

Isak Johnsson

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