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Subject[RFC] Bug in mkdir(2)
	Sigh... Looks like we got Yet Another Symlink Hole(tm). Not too
serious one, since probably no suid-root stuff is perverted enough to
trigger it, but anyway. Scenario:
$ ln -sf b a
$ ls -ld a b
ls: b: No such file or directory
lrwxrwxrwx 1 al al 1 Jun 16 12:56 a -> b
$ mkdir a
mkdir: cannot make directory `a': File exists
$ mkdir a/
$ ls -ld a b
lrwxrwxrwx 1 al al 1 Jun 16 12:56 a -> b
drwxrwxr-x 2 al al 1024 Jun 16 12:58 b

In other words, if foo is a dangling symlink mkdir("foo/") will merrily
follow it. Which it shouldn't.

There are 3 reasonable variants of fix and they give different error
values - -ENOENT (if we are treating it as a dangling link in the
middle of lookup), -EEXIST (if we refuse to follow link here and ignore
the trailing /) or -ENOTDIR (ditto, but noticed that it's not a
directory). Take your pick ;-) Solaris prefers the second variant and IMO
it's the right thing.

BTW, rmdir("foo/") also shouldn't follow links. rmdir(1) works
around that (it trims the trailing slashes), but IMHO rmdir(2) shold
return -ENOTDIR here. Actually it happily follows the link.

Patching it either way is fairly trivial and I'll submit the
patches as soon as you will choose the variant. I think that the right
thing to do here is to -EEXIST for mkdir() and -ENOTDIR for rmdir(). Up to
you, indeed.
Cheers,
Al


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