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SubjectRe: [RFC] Bug in mkdir(2)


On Wed, 16 Jun 1999, Linus Torvalds wrote:

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>
> On Wed, 16 Jun 1999, Alexander Viro wrote:
> >
> > In other words, if foo is a dangling symlink mkdir("foo/") will merrily
> > follow it. Which it shouldn't.
>
> Why? I think the follows symlink behaviour is the right one, and is
> consistent with "open" etc. Are there any pressing reasons to not do it?

Oh, well... Looks like it's a really borderline case - everybody seem to
be doing whatever they want here. In situations when the last component is
a link and call normally wouldn't follow it adding slashes seems to be
ignored on Solaris and forces the link expansion on Linux and 4.4BSD...
I still think that following the link is bogus, but after all, if somebody
wants to hang let's give him the rope...



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