Subject: Re: Copying to devices
To: David Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: J.T. Conklin <email@example.com>
Date: 07/30/1995 18:03:44
> If an I/O error occurs upon writing to a file (as opposed to opening it),
> then cp will remove the file. This is true even if the file is
> a special device or named pipe.
I believe that this behavior is a bug in cp. In fact, I have a
message in my inbox which notes that traditional cp does not remove
the file on write failure. Your message reminds me that I should
confirm that POSIX.2 does not require this "feature" (I don't think it
does), and arrange to get cp patched.