Subject: Re: chflags wierdness
To: Ted Lemon <>
From: Kevin P. Neal <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/14/1997 02:20:22
At 11:35 AM 4/13/97 -0700, Ted Lemon wrote:
>> Besides, if a user chooses to use extended protection measures such
>> as chflags(1), he _should_ know about ls(1)'s "-o" option.  :-)
>What if the user didn't set the flag?  The first time I got an EPERM
>trying to modify a chflagged file, it took be a while to figure out
>what was going on, and I already *knew* about flags.  A random user
>isn't going to know.  I'm not sure how to solve this problem - rm
>isn't the only program that could trip over this - but it definitely
>is a problem, and blaming the user isn't going to solve it.

How about a "file flags" manpage of some sort, with rm's manpage pointing to
it (see also...)?

Or maybe just make a larger note about it in the chflags(1) page, and have
rm's manpage point at that one?
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