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    SubjectRe: Why is chmod(2)?
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    Two things:

    1) O_NONE, etc. Why not? It's symmetrical, useful, even elegant.

    2) Eliminating chmod() & friends. Why? All you'll be doing is insuring
    that programs that are secure on, say, FreeBSD or Solaris, have
    dangerous security issues on Linux (open/f*/close introduces
    potential races as well as eliminating others), and vice-versa.

    Not a good idea.

    -Ed



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