Subject: Re: README: chmod(1), chgrp(1), chown(8) and touch(1) now can handle symbolic links by specifing -h option.
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Christos Zoulas <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/07/1997 23:17:39
In article <> (enami tsugutomo) writes:
>The Grey Wolf <> writes:
>> I think the general consensus is that symbolic links don't have owners
>> or modes, per se as per the 4.4 BSD decision (pardon the misnomer)
>> for symlinks not to have inodes; therefore (under the current paradigm)
>> it would be moot to treat symlinks differently; symlinks are already
>> followed.
>I believe that the 4.4BSD behaviour is backed out from NetBSD while
>ago (one year or so?).  Our symlink actually has own owner, group etc,
>doesn't it?

Yes. It was backed out because it broke too many things...