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SubjectRe: Bug in the file attributes ?
Xavier Ordoquy writes:
> I just made a manipulation that disturbs me. So I'm asking whether it's a
> bug or a features.
> user> su
> root> echo "test" > test
> root> ls -l
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 5 Mar 29 19:14 test
> root> exit
> user> rm test
> rm: remove write-protected file `test'? y
> user> ls test
> ls: test: No such file or directory
> This is in the user home directory.
> Since the file is read only for the user, it should not be able to remove
> it. Moreover, the user can't write to test.

This is definitely not a bug. Deleting a file (under *nix) does not
"modify" the file at all, it is modifying the directory where the file
resides. In this case, a user _will_ have permission to write into
their home directory, so they can delete the file, but not modify it.

Why do such a thing? If you have group/world write permission on a
directory, then people who have write permission to the _directory_
should be able to delete files even if they don't own them. However,
if you set the "sticky" bit on the directory (chmod +t /dir), then only
the owner of the file can delete it, like in /tmp.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
\ would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?" -- Dogbert
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